T-Wolves' Ricky Rubio and Cavs' Kyrie Irving to Play Tonight

T-Wolves' Ricky Rubio and Cavs' Kyrie Irving to Play TonightSteve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers and  Minnesota Timberwolves will be playing with their key players on the court tonight. La Pistola Ricky Rubio will come back for Minnesota after suffering a disastrous LCL and ACL injury last March. The point guard was a solid asset to the team last season when he was averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists per game during his rookie season. He's raring to get back to the court, according to this statement: 

"I'm excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best fans in the NBA at Target Center. After a long recovery, this is the first step in me getting back on the court and helping my teammates. Thank you to the fans for their support over the last nine months."

The 5-19 Cavs are probably going to face some hard times when they face the conference-leading New York Knicks tonight, but at least they're not heading to the Garden without Kyrie Irving. He's slated to play despite suffering a broken bone in his jaw in Friday's game against the Bucks. He didn't travel to New York with the team so he can be fitted with a protective mask.

But is Irving enough to help the Cavs beat a Knicks team that's currently undefeated at home?

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[via ESPN, Washington Post]

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