MINNEAPOLIS Rick Adelman's face should have lit up.
It was Friday night, 48 or so hours removed from the announcement that Ricky Rubio could return to full-contact practice. There would be another day before the Timberwolves and their point guard could get on the court together, and you had to imagine Adelman, even Adelman, would be getting excited.
But not quite. "Are you excited to get Ricky back out there with the team?" warranted not even a flicker of emotion other than the blank acceptance of reality.
"It's a tough situation," Adelman said. "He needs to get on the court and play, and like tomorrow we don't have a lot of players. It's not something that's compatible today."
But for his first practice on Sunday, it had to be compatible. On Sunday, in fact, the team needed Rubio, needed him in order to field just 10 players for practice with Chase Budinger, Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms), Kevin Love (still sick) and Malcolm Lee (sore groin) out. Rubio participate...