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Published December 20, 2011, 03:38 PM

Wolves' Rubio, Barea could miss preseason game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea could miss the Minnesota Timberwolves' preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday to rest minor injuries for the regular season.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea could miss the Minnesota Timberwolves' preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday to rest minor injuries for the regular season.

Coach Rick Adelman says both guards did not practice on Monday or Tuesday for precautionary reasons. Rubio has a sprained right ankle and Barea has a thigh bruise. Both were dinged in the preseason opener against the Bucks last weekend.

Adelman said on Tuesday that both would continue to be evaluated. But he did not sound optimistic when asked if they would play against the Bucks. Neither injury is deemed to be serious. And with such a grueling regular-season schedule set to begin Dec. 26, the Timberwolves could play it safe with two of their most important players.

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