MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Target Center lights go down and Ricky Rubio hears his name over the public address system Wednesday night, it'll be the Timberwolves point guard's first full immersion in the season-opener experience.
As a rookie, he began the year coming off the bench. Last season, he sat next to fellow superstar Kevin Love in street clothes and enviously took in pregame opening-night introductions.
"I remember sitting on the side with Kevin watching the video," Rubio said. "I remember watching him and feeling a little painful watching our teammates going out there, and we couldn't be with them."
Not a problem this time around.
Love is back from a broken hand and knee surgery, and Rubio's torn ACL that kept him out of the first portion of last season has fully healed. Together, the pillar pair leads Minnesota into its 13th straight curtain-drawing contest at home Wednesday, a 7 p.m. clash with the Orlando Magic.
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