Rubio (COVID-19 protocols) is questionable for Friday's game against the Hawks.
The 30-year-old was previously ruled out for Friday's contest, but it appears he may be able to make his return from the two-game absence due to the NBA's health and safety protocols. Jaden McDaniels and Jordan McLaughlin should see extra run if Rubio is unable to suit up Friday.
Rubio (COVID-19 protocols) is out Friday against the Hawks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Rubio will sit out a third straight game while going through the league's health and safety protocols. In his stead, Jaden McDaniels and Jordan McLaughlin are candidates to see extra run.
Rubio (COVID-19 protocols) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Magic.
The 30-year-old will be sidelined for the second straight game due to the COVID-19 protocols, and when he's able to retake the court could be dependent on contact tracing. Jordan McLaughlin played 19 minutes Monday and should continue to operate as Minnesota's reserve point guard in Rubio's absence.
Rubio (COVID-19 protocols) remains out for Monday's game against Atlanta.
Rubio entered the league's health and safety protocols Thursday, and he'll miss Monday's contest as a result. His next chance to return to the court will be Wednesday against Orlando, but his return timetable should depend on the results of his contact tracing.
Rubio has entered the league's health and safety protocols and will not play in Friday's game against Memphis.
Both Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez will be held out Friday, and it's possible they could miss multiple games, depending on the results of contact tracing within the Timberwolves organization. For now, consider Rubio questionable for Monday's game in Atlanta.
Rubio is averaging 4.4 points per game over his last seven appearances.
Rubio has made just three starts this season and has played off the bench in each of Minnesota's last six games, eclipsing the 30-minute mark just once in that span. The veteran point guard is proving his worth as a passer, however, as he is averaging 6.0 assists per game during that span.
Rubio posted two points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals across 29 minutes in Thursday's 135-117 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Rubio's back in a Timberwolves uniform after tours with the Jazz and the Suns, and he's stellar at what he does best. His ability to get the ball in hands of playmakers is his calling card, and he was finally able to show it off on Thursday. He set season highs in assists, steals and rebounds despite scoring only two points. It's unlikely that Rubio will get the kind of minutes he had in his last tenure in Minnesota, but he's a great help for managers in roto formats if you need help with your assist numbers.
Rubio went scoreless (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) in Tuesday's loss at Denver, finishing with just four rebounds, two assists and a steal across 21 minutes off the bench.
Rubio scored 17 points during a Dec. 29 loss against the Clippers, but he's struggled offensively the rest of the way -- regardless of whether he's started or come off the bench. Through seven games this season, the veteran point guard is averaging just 6.7 points per contest while shooting a woeful 29.4 percent from three-point range. Worse, he's averaging just 4.1 assists -- that's less than half of last year's average.
Rubio will shift to the bench for Sunday's game against the Nuggets, Dane Moore of BlueWire reports.
Rubio started the last two games alongside D'Angelo Russell, but he'll shift to the bench as the Wolves go with Russell and Malik Beasley in the backcourt. Rubio is coming off of a three-point, two-rebound, five-assist performance in Friday's loss to Washington.
Rubio scored 17 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go with five assists, a steal and three turnovers across 26 minutes in Tuesday's 124-101 loss to the Clippers.
Rubio entered the starting lineup for the first time since Opening Night and responded with an efficient outing from the floor. His 17 points were third on the team, and his minutes were only limited because the game wasn't competitive in the second half. That said, after averaging 8.8 assists per game last year, he hasn't exceeded six in any of the first four games this season.
Rubio is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Clippers.
The 30-year-old came off the bench the past two games after starting the season opener, but he'll rejoin the lineup and start alongside D'Angelo Russell on Tuesday. Rubio is averaging 7.0 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 23.3 minutes through three games this season.
Rubio scored nine points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3PT) to go with four rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes of Sunday's 127-91 loss to the Lakers.
Rubio continued to come off the bench for the Timberwolves, playing just 18 minutes as this game got out of hand quick. Rubio's upside is obviously capped by the lack of minutes, making him a fringe fantasy option at best so far this season.
Rubio will come off the bench Saturday against the Jazz.
After a 10-point loss to the Pistons in the opener with Rubio starting, he'll come off the bench Saturday against the Jazz while D'Angelo Russell moves into the starting five. Rubio saw 25 minutes in the opener, posting only three points, three assists, two steals and one rebound.
Rubio scored three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3 Pt) with three assists and two steals in 25 minutes in Wednesday's win over Detroit.
It would appear Rubio had an off night looking in the boxscore, but he was on the court for key stretches including the end of the game when Minnesota mounted a comeback after falling behind 14-2. He led the team in +/- with a plus-17. Rubio started the game when D'Angelo Russell was essentially benched as a disciplinary measure. He and Russell were on the court for the final minutes of the game, which is worth monitoring as Rubio will take fewer shots and Russell will likely have fewer assists in that setup.
Rubio is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Pistons.
Presumed starter D'Angelo Russell missed Wednesday's shootaround due to a delay in his COVID-19 test results, so Rubio will begin the season in the starting five. Russell is still available to play, so Rubio could still end up leading the bench unit for much of the contest.
Rubio started at point guard and scored seven points (3-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt) with four assists in 23 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win at Dallas.
Rubio drew the start with D'Angelo Russell sitting out with a sore ankle. Rubio's exact role with Minnesota isn't clear as the regular season begins and the preseason didn't clear up matters too much since he's a veteran who didn't need a lot of minutes. Rubio will likely be the point guard with the second unit, but it's not clear if he'll dominate the minutes since Anthony Edwards and Jarrett Culver could also get time handling the ball. Keep an eye on Rubio's usage early in the season.
Rubio scored seven points (3-5 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-3 FT), had a rebound, four assists, and a steal during 23 minutes of Thursday's 129-127 win over Dallas.
The bigger news here is that Rubio was in the starting five after more recently coming off the bench for the Timberwolves. Rubio's performances will dictate whether he continues to start going forward, as he struggled on Thursday to score or provide despite getting the opportunity.
Rubio is coming off the bench in Saturday's preseason opener against the Grizzlies, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
Coach Ryan Saunders said not to read too much into the starting five, as things are in flux. Still, it's worth noting, especially considering Rubio has been a starter his entire career and played 31.0 minutes per game last season.
Rubio, along with the 25th and 28th picks in the 2020 Draft, has been dealt from the Thunder to the Timberwolves for the 17th pick in the 2020 Draft, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rubio was quickly shipped out of OKC to the team that drafted him in 2009, the Timberwolves. He's joining a revamped Wolves team with Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and rookie Anthony Edwards. Rubio and Russell should start together in the backcourt, with Rubio likely facilitating much of the offense while Russell can focus more on doing what he does best -- scoring.
Rubio was traded to the Thunder on Monday as part of a deal that brings Chris Paul to Phoenix, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
On paper, it's a difficult break for Rubio, who played well for the Suns last season, averaging 13.0 points and 8.8 assists across 65 appearances. He'll land in a rebuilding situation in Oklahoma City, but it's possible the Thunder could look to re-route the veteran guard prior to the start of the season. Oklahoma City also acquired Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick in the deal.
|Last 7 Games|
|01/20||vs ORL||L 96-97||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|01/18||@ ATL||L 97-108||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|01/13||vs MEM||L 107-118||24||6||2||6||3||0||0|
|01/10||vs SA||W 96-88||22||8||2||6||0||3||0|
|01/09||vs SA||L 122-125||34||6||5||8||2||0||0|
|01/07||@ POR||L 117-135||29||2||5||10||2||5||0|
|01/05||@ DEN||L 116-123||21||0||4||2||2||1||0|
|Complete Game Log|
|Career Shooting Stats|