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Ricky Rubio (knee) resting Friday for Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ricky Rubio (left knee injury management) is out Friday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Rubio will rest in the second half of a back-to-back after he played 17 minutes on Thursday and scored 5 points (2-7 field goals, 1-2 3-pointers) with 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal. Donovan Mitchell (groin) is doubtful for Friday, so Darius Garland and Caris LeVert are expected to start in the backcourt again, with Raul Neto and Cedi Osman absorbing more minutes off the bench.

Through seven games since returning from ACL surgery, Rubio has a 19.1% usage rate and is averaging 0.87 FanDuel points per minute. Per numberFire's NBA Heat Map, the Cavs’ implied total (110.5) is No. 9 out of 10 active teams Friday.