Originally written January 05, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS The Timberwolves will be without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio for Saturday night's game against the Trail Blazers. Love is sidelined with the sprained finger in his right hand that he sustained in the third quarter of Thursday's game, and Rubio has still not recovered from the back spasms that caused him to miss the past three games.Rubio was present at shootaround and stayed late, shooting and running the court with assistant coach Terry Porter.The Timberwolves are 2-1 since Rubio's back spasms began, and they mounted a comeback on Thursday from a 10-point deficit after Love left the game.Blazers are blazing: The Timberwolves lost to the Trail Blazers the one time they faced them earlier this season, 103-95, on Nov. 23. Minnesota went into the second half of that game with a five-point lead before being outscored, 53-40, in the second half.Portland has won nine of its last 10 games en route to a 17-15 record going into Saturday. It played Friday night in Memp...
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