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Ricky Rubio confirms positive COVID-19 test kept him out of NBA bubble

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Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubio told reporters on Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rubio arrived at the Orlando bubble late since he tested positive in Phoenix. His wife and six-month-old kid were fortunately back home in Spain.

The Suns’ floor general joined the team in practice for the first time on Tuesday. With that said, it is still uncertain if he will play in Thursday’s scrimmage against the Utah Jazz.

It’s great to see Rubio back with his teammates. The 29-year-old will now have to play catch up and get his body ready for the seeding games, which start on July 30.

Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Rubio was averaging 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists for the Suns. He was also shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Phoenix will face the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers in the seeding games. The Suns and Mavs will face each other twice.

Rubio, who began his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, has career averages of 11.3 points, 4.2 boards and 7.8 assists in 555 regular-season games with the Timberwolves, Utah Jazz and Suns. He’s one of the best passers in the game, but he will have to play at a near All-Star level during the seeding games for Phoenix if the team wants to shock the world and clinch the eighth seed in the Western Conference.