Timberwolves fans hooted and hollered when Ricky Rubio made his first two NBA starts this weekend, just maybe not in the way you would have thought.

More than a few voiced their displeasure through social media and other methods, upset that neither Friday's game at New Orleans nor Saturday's game at Atlanta could be seen on local television.

The Wolves are set to televise 50 of their 66 games on FSN this season, which, for now, leaves 16 games dark when new fans are clamoring to see Rubio and Kevin Love.

Two of those came just when Rubio was inserted into the starting lineup.

"We certainly have heard from fans, too," said Wolves senior vice president of marketing and communications Ted Johnson. "We understand their frustration. I'm sure that was painful for fans. It was painful for our staff."

The Wolves last summer ended their 12-game package of over-the-air games on Ch. 29 because of increasing scheduling difficulties with a station obligated to show network programming and because of the cost of buying air time, selling ads and producing their own broadcasts.

This season's five-month labor lockout and its abrupt start Christmas Day didn't allow the Wolves to consider other options to add more games than the 50 its current long-standing contract with FSN calls for the cable station to carry. Johnson said the team never has carried every game; the most was 70 in 2003-04, when Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell combined to win 58 games.

Games on Friday and Saturday were not carried because FSN already had scheduled Gophers and Wild hockey games by the time the shortened 66-game NBA season was configured.

Johnson said one or two over-the-air games may still be added this season. He also said FSN could agree to carry well more than 50 games in coming seasons now that it has its new "plus" channel that allows it to carry two local teams' games simultaneously.