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Two of the three injured Timberwolves starters had positive developments Wednesday -- but their returns likely remain weeks away. Center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and guard Kevin Martin (wrist) both participated in contract drills Wednesday morning. "They are making a little bit of progress," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. The Wolves, however, remain cautious with point guard Ricky Rubio (ankle). "He still has some soreness after ... he runs," Saunders said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Saunders said stints in the NBA Development League could be possible for both Martin and Pekovic but probably not Rubio. The Wolves' D-League affiliate is the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants. However, Saunders said those players could go to other teams in the minor league based on what might provide a better fit. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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"I wish," Rubio said. "I've been saying 'It's going to be two weeks' for the last month. I don't want to say any more dates because I've been saying, 'Yeah, in two weeks I think I'm going to be ready then.' Two weeks come back and I can't play and I get mad. I don't want to get in a bad mood again, so I'm just going to go through the motions. I'm not going to ask for a date again. I'm just going as my body lets me do." NBA.com

Saunders reports Tuesday injured Ricky Rubio is improving daily. He said Rubio ran much better at practice Monday than he did before Saturday’s game at Golden State. Pekovic also has advanced to shooting drills but won’t be cleared to run until he gets a MRI in Minnesota after the team returns home. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Rubio has missed 24 games with a severely sprained left ankle he suffered on Nov. 7 at Orlando. He took part in three-quarter speed running exercises and shooting drills on the floor at Oracle Arena prior to the T'wolves' game against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. If an upcoming MRI shows his ankle is healing according to schedule, he could participate in contract drills next week. "I am trying to do my best," Rubio said. "Sometimes it is a little bit painful. I got to get through that. Some things are mentally [challenging]. I just push myself and try to come back as soon as a I can." Yahoo! Sports

He is back running and now refuses to prognosticate the date of his return. “I wish,” Rubio said Saturday when asked if he knows when he will play again. “I’ve been saying it’s two weeks for the last month. I don’t want to say anymore dates. I’ve been saying in two weeks I think I’ll be ready and two weeks go by and I still can’t play and I get mad. I don’t want to get in a bad mood again. I’m not going to ask for a date again. I go as my body will let me do.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rubio will have another magnetic resonance imaging exam taken of his ankle after the team returns home from this current three-game road trip. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said Saturday he is hopeful Rubio can advance to contact play — the next step toward a game return — if the image comes back clean. “When you’re hurt, you know you’re back when you can run and stop and change directions,” Saunders said. “He’s not there yet.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rubio said he’s “pushing” to make his return, but not too much, not after the things he learned when he tore his knee ACL his rookie season. “I came back from a tougher one with an ACL,” Rubio said. “I have experience. I know how hard it is. I’m going to take it easier this time. I think I pushed too much the last time.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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