MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau says point guard Ricky Rubio is available to play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night after missing the previous five games with a sprained right elbow.

Thibodeau told reporters after the team’s morning shootaround that Rubio responded well to practice on Friday and was ready to go.

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Rubio was injured at Sacramento during the second game of the season. He stayed in the Twin Cities during the team’s recent three-game road trip to rehab his injury and was able to practice fully on Friday.

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Getting Rubio back will be key for the Timberwolves, who are off to a disappointing 2-5 start. Rookie Kris Dunn started in his place and second-year player Tyus Jones served as the primary backup.

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