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Timberwolves vs. Magic preview: Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio return against Orlando

The Orlando Magic play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Can the Magic contend against the team of Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love?

Sam Greenwood

The Orlando Magic host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. The Timberwolves have already won their last four games and Monday, they are expected to get two key players back on the floor for them, guard Ricky Rubio and forward Kevin Love will play with each other for the first time this season.

Rubio made his return to action on Saturday after missing the first 20 games of the season recovering from a knee injury sustained in March. Love missed Saturday's game because of flu-like symptoms. Despite both players not contributing a lot, the Wolves have stayed in the top eight in the Western Conference. Rubio had his minutes capped at 19 in the last game.

The Magic on the other hand have been relying on guard Arron Afflalo and forward Glen Davis to shoulder the scoring load with both players averaging close to 16 points per game. The team is still trying to find its identity after the departure of forward Dwight Howard. The Magic won 107-98 over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday, for two straight wins and three wins in their last four games.

The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET tip off from the Amway Center in Orlando. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Florida with radio coverage provided by 96.5 FM WDBO.

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