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MIAMI - On Monday, Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio left open the door ever so slightly that he might play Tuesday in Miami -- the second of back-to-back games -- depending on how he felt.

And coach Rick Adelman closed it.

"After you guys asked me, I squelched that really quick," Adelman told reporters before Tuesday's game. "There's no sense doing that. You saw him last night. He struggled in the second game back with his timing and everything else. There's just no sense to push him at this point, especially when we start having days off between games now.

"Let's see how he reacts from there. I just don't see what it would do for us to play him in back-to-back games."

Rubio was on the team's 13-man active roster Tuesday and sat on the bench wearing his warmups and uniform, but didn't play.

Rubio's absence against the NBA defending champs left Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved as the team's only healthy guards as Malcolm Lee, Josh Howard, Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger all remain out.

"We don't have a fourth guard," Adelman said. "We really don't."
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Adelman did keep both center Nikola Pekovic and power forward Kevin Love in his starting lineup Tuesday, though.

Pekovic hurt his back Monday in Orlando and didn't decide until 30 minutes before opening tip -- after he had treatment and warmed up -- that he could play.

Love hyperextended an arm and hurt a shoulder in Orlando, but played and outrebounded the Heat in the first half by himself, 14-10. But the hurting arm followed that broken hand from October and Friday's injured thumb.

"I guess I should start expecting something every game," he said.
http://www.startribune.com/sports/wolves/184051561.html
 
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