Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/31/12
MINNEAPOLIS Ricky Rubio did not practice Monday after missing Saturday's game against Phoenix with back spasms. The point guard began feeling back pain and stiffness on Friday at practice, and it got worse from there. He warmed up Saturday and hoped as late as an hour before the game that he'd be able to play, but he still felt too stiff, he said. Rubio said that he feels like his body is telling him that he's been out a long time and to take it easy. "But there is no break here," he said, referencing the schedule and pace of the NBA season. Both Rubio and Rick Adelman believe that the pain is likely a result of the point guard overcompensating because of his surgically repaired knee. Adelman has spoken often since Rubio was cleared to practice on Nov. 28 about the likelihood of other problems as the point guard gets back in shape, and he didn't seem surprised by this development. In fact, Rubio said that he also experienced groin pain two weeks ago before this latest issue, and ...
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