Bennett, Hummel returning for Timberwolves; Garnett and Rubio remain out



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NEW ORLEANS — Minnesota coach Flip Saunders says forwards Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel are returning to the lineup for Sunday afternoon's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, but that Kevin Garnett is sick and will miss his 12th straight game.

Saunders says guard Ricky Rubio also will miss his sixth straight game with his left ankle injury.

Saunders says he's hopeful Rubio will be able to play Monday night in Utah.

Bennett is returning from an 18-game absence because of a sprained right ankle, while Hummel has missed 29 games with a fractured right hand.

Garnett has missed most of the past 11 games because of a sore left knee, but Saunders says he has been sick the past few days and remained in the team hotel in New Orleans.

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