MINNEAPOLIS The Timberwolves are in New Orleans for their game Friday night against the Hornets, missing one Ricky Rubio for the first time all season. The point guard has traveled with the team throughout the season, but he remained in Minneapolis for this quick, one-day trip in order to work out and continue to be evaluated by the team's medical staff.
A Saturday comeback for Rubio still seems likely, though the team has yet to confirm and probably will not do so until that morning or even later in the day.
Guards Brandon Roy and Malcolm Lee also remained behind in Minneapolis as the Timberwolves take on the 5-16 Hornets, who have lost their last five games despite No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis' Tuesday return after missing 11 games with an ankle injury. But the Hornets might not be the bunnies they appear to be they played Oklahoma City close Wednesday, leading for much of the game before losing by just four points, 92-88.
Here's where the Hornets stack up compared to the Ti...