Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/16/12
It won't always be like that, the freaky-fun show in Minnesota on Saturday night, when Ricky Rubio returned to the Timberwolves' lineup as if he hadn't missed a day and the Timberwolves defeated the Mavericks, 114-106. The only vestige of the point guard's knee injury that remained was his minutes limit. Even so, with 8 points and 9 assists in 18 minutes, Rubio stole the show and made the Timberwolves look better than they had all season. But he is the exception, not the rule. Integrating players on their way back from injury isn't always so easy. In fact, it's usually downright difficult, especially when a team is winning or exceeding expectations. Even if a player has been a major cog in his team's attack, it's hard. In fact, that can make it harder. To bring someone back into a lineup that's clicking is to tell someone else, someone who may have gotten the opportunity of his career and made the most of it, to sit. It's to tweak and wonder if to tweak is to taint. Rubio is the f...
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