The Dallas Mavericks (11-12) are finishing up the second night of their back-to-back on Saturday night as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-9). The game marks the highly anticipated season debut of point guard Ricky Rubio for the Timberwolves. This will mark the first time since March 9 of last year that Rubio has played a game. Rubio is returning from a left knee injury sustained in the closing moments of the Wolves’ game with the Los Angeles Lakers last March, when he sustained a torn ACL and LCL. Rubio had surgery to repair the knee March 21.
The Mavericks have dropped back-to-back road games (at Boston 12/12 and at Toronto 12/14). Dallas has only one three-game losing streak this season (at New York 11/9-vs. Minnesota 11/12). As noted, this will be the second night of a back-to-back for Dallas. The Mavericks are 1-5 in the first half of a back-to-back and 2-3 in the second half of a back-to-back this season. The Mavericks have 16 back-to-backs in 2012-13, with only one stretch of four games in five nights. In total, 10 back-to-backs are on the road, three begin at home and conclude on the road and three are road-to-home. Dallas played 22 back-to-backs in 2011-12, going 7-15 in the first half and 13-9 in the second half of those back-to-backs.
Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Timberwolves.