MINNEAPOLIS Ricky Rubio answered the question like there'd never been a doubt.
Yes, he said. Yes, he'll be playing in Oklahoma City Wednesday night, tomorrow night, really, when he said it. And tomorrow night implies back-to-back, which is just what the Timberwolves are facing and just what Rubio has heretofore been banned from.
"My first back-to-back," he said. "Finally."
He said it as if he's already sat through several, as if the second games of back-to-backs had been the bane of his existence for weeks. In reality, the ban has only affected Rubio once, Dec. 18 in Miami; he was out with back spasms last week for the Utah-Denver series.
But Ricky Rubio does not like the bench, not a bit. He doesn't like being anywhere near those folding chairs, especially when it matters, especially when his team needs him. And so even that one forced DNP was as frustrating as a month's worth. That's just how the point guard is programmed.
Rubio exited ...