Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/20/14
MINNEAPOLIS Barring some other setback, Ricky Rubio will return to the Timberwolves' lineup on Tuesday against Atlanta. The point guard has missed the past four games with back spasms, but he practiced Monday and said he's ready to go. Nikola Pekovic, who sat for most of the second half of Saturday's game with a left hip strain he sustained Thursday, did not practice Monday but is also expected to play Tuesday. Rubio said he felt good after Monday's practice, and he isn't feeling any pain in his knee or his back. His conditioning has suffered after more than a week of limited activity, but coach Terry Porter said he doesn't expect the point guard's minutes limitation to fall back into the 16-18 minute range, which is where it stood initially after he returned. In the five games in which he's played this season, Rubio has played 18, 16.5, 18, 17.5 and 21.5 minutes. Rubio did not seem overly concerned about the bout with back spasms. They're part o...
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