Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. –
Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea did not practice Thursday, Nov. 8, after spraining his left foot during Wednesday’s 90-75 victory over the Orlando Magic at Target Center.
Wolves coach Rick Adelman said Barea’s status is uncertain for Friday night’s home game against Indiana.
Barea was walking with a slight limp after Thursday’s practice. He injured his foot when he crashed into the scorer’s table chasing a loose ball in the fourth quarter.
Barea, who had just recovered from a mild concussion in Sunday’s loss at Toronto, has been a valuable contributor in the Wolves’ 3-1 start. He is averaging 9.3 points, 4.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Rubio’s happy feet
Injured Wolves stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are both at practice each day doing individual work or observing.
“Kevin does a lot of talking, and I saw Ricky dancing today,” Adelman said. “I asked Ricky what he was doing, and he told me if he can’t make a comeback, he wants to be a dancer.”
Love (broken right hand) and Rubio (torn left knee ligaments) will be out until at least mid-December.
Adelman was encouraged by Rubio’s progress and indicated that the timetable for the point guard’s return has not changed.
“Ricky is doing more and more,” Adelman said. “He looks a lot different than he was a month ago.”
Adelman said Love can run and do conditioning drills but is still prohibited from doing any contact work on the court with his hand, which is wrapped in a soft cast.