http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/ricky-rubio-s-ankle-injury-is-worse-than-previously-thought-023243823.htmlBut on a night when the Wolves finally got center Nikola Pekovic back from a 31-game absence, coach Flip Saunders shed some light on the nature of Rubio's injury. Saunders said Rubio not only suffered a high ankle sprain against Orlando on Nov. 7, but also damaged some muscles and ligaments that lead from his ankle to his toes, prolonging the recovery process.
''It's not him not wanting to play or not working,'' Saunders said before Wednesday night's game against Dallas. ''He's doing everything he can. We as an organization and the doctors who are involved have been the ones who have tried to hold him back.'' [...]
Saunders said Rubio, who signed a four-year, $55 million contract extension in October that will kick in next season, visited two specialists recently and both cautioned that a return too soon could cause a stress fracture in his leg that would only compound his problems.
''It's a very unique ankle sprain,'' Saunders said. ''They said at the time it's going to be worse than a high ankle sprain, and everyone knows those go eight to 12 weeks. So it has nothing to do with him not wanting to play.''