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Ricky Rubio returns to practice, questionable for Trail Blazers game

The Utah Jazz might actually have one (almost) healthy point guard!

NBA: Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Thank the basketball gods above. The Utah Jazz might actually have some health on the horizon. According to Aaron Falk of the Utah Jazz, Ricky Rubio went through a full practice today. Aaron Falk writes:

Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio is now listed as questionable to play in Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Rubio was a full participant in practice on Sunday morning, according to Jazz officials. He has been sidelined since January 7, when he strained his right hamstring early in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

“Ricky’s a huge part of what we do—his ability to defend the ball, to make shots, to make clutch shots,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said on Sunday. “He’s playing really well. Our team is better when we have him.”

The Utah Jazz upgraded Rubio to Questionable for Utah’s next game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

While Donovan Mitchell has filled in beautifully for the Spanish point guard, he has been also averaging more minutes and increased pressure. With Rubio entering the starting lineup, Donovan might actually get to rest on the bench every once in a while.

In the 8 games before his injury, Rubio was averaging 13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds. 6.3 assists on shooting splits of 45/45/85 with an average net rating of +3.6. The key when Utah does bring Rubio back to the lineup is for Utah’s momentum not to be stifled. They are winners of their last 6 games and are picking up steam as they move up the standings in the Western Conference.