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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  36 responses

Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves Impressed Derrick Rose


Derrick Rose had his way with Ricky Rubio last night (31 points, 13 assists), as the Chicago Bulls pulled out a tough win in Minnesota, but the Spanish rookie point guard and his squad left an impression on the reigning MVP. From ESPN: “After his showdown with Rose on Tuesday night at the Target Center, it seems like he’s more than capable of holding his own. He had 13 points and 12 assists in Minnesota’s 111-100 loss to Chicago. The Bulls jumped out to an early lead, hammering the Wolves with swift defense and overwhelming shooting. Thanks to Rose’s 14 first-quarter points, they took advantage of a Wolves starting lineup that has been digging early deficits for the team to overcome. As the Bulls seemed ready to cruise to victory with their first-half lead reaching as much as 24 points, the rookie Spaniard helped his team rally and stage a furious comeback right before halftime. Minnesota ended the second quarter on a 20-2 run, fueled by Rubio’s six assists during this stretch. Once the Wolves appeared to be serious about giving Chicago a game, the spotlight shined on the showdown between Rubio and Rose. Rubio’s defense along with Rose’s decision to pace his scoring in the second and third quarters showed that the rookie is more than capable of handling the quickest of the elite on the defensive end. He harassed Rose defensively, forcing multiple turnovers and doing an admirable job of keeping him out of the paint for extended stretches. Between the first and fourth quarters, Rose tallied just three points on 1-for-7 shooting. However, once the fourth quarter began, Rubio learned just how terrorizing his counterpart can be on the offensive end. Rose knocked down five of his eight shots, including a 3-pointer disguised as a dagger with just more than a minute left, to saddle the Wolves with the defeat. While the final tallies for both players are heavily in favor of the Bulls’ franchise point guard, both players executed their roles to near perfection. Rose set the tone for Chicago early and then managed the game until it was time for him to take over in the fourth quarter. Rubio, on the other hand, came off the bench to galvanize a Wolves team in desperate need of execution and organization. ‘Rubio played a hell of a game,’ Rose said after the victory, in which he finished with 31 points and 11 assists. ‘All of their other players played well, knocking down shots when he was passing them the ball. They’re a different team. They play with a lot of energy. They all are on the same page. Everybody knows their own role.’”

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  • FriendlyFan

    Just a thought: have some actual paragraphs in your articles. Who likes reading blobs? This was taught in middle school.

  • RunNGun

    I caught this game last night. Impressive… very impressive. D-ROSE showed everyone again why he’s MVP of the league. I haven’t watched any Bulls games this year but wow… that bench is DEEEEEEEP this year. Regardless, they’re obviously two different type of point guards but entertaining nonetheless.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    love watching rubio. real exciting PG. i’ll call him ROY at this point.

  • LA Huey

    I wonder how Brandon Jennings likes the taste of crow?

  • AD

    rick rubio is better than rose…… book it.. and @la huey lol brandon is def eating his words

  • RunNGun

    @LA HUEY: I’d like to go back to the SLAMONLINE archives and see how many regular posters and writers like the taste of crow…

  • Startown

    Where is the Rubio hater that compared Rubio to Shaun Livingston…he doesn’t comment on here anymore.

    I’ve watched every Wolves game, Rubio energizes the entire team and the arena, unfortunately, the starters for MN get them in a whole and Rubio has to lead the big comeback. Give it time, we are still a few players away, but I really like watching him play, never seen a guy like him.

    He has a real high +/-

    Rose is dominant, he is elite!

  • OTB

    Yeah seriously, please break down the writing into paragraphs.

  • LA Huey

    RunNGun, for sure. Cats were talking about him like they’ve been watching him play overseas and dismissing his ability and potential. Haters are awfully quiet now.

  • robb

    @RunNGun I don’t like the taste of crow but I’m definitely eating some right now. Rubio’s good.

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    I too am eating a nice healthy plate of crow. I wanted him to fail, wanted it to be all hype. But the hype is real! Rubio’s got skills and I admit when I’m wrong.

  • RunNGun

    After watching that game last night, the Wolves really need two pieces; a SG that will create his own shot and defend (closest persons I can think of is Andre Iguodala, James Harden, and Eric Gordon ) and an athletic, shot blocker to complement K-LOVE at the center position (could have gone after DeAndre Jordan but the 2012-2013 free agent cohort for Center looks much more promising).

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I thought it was completely obvious to anyone who actually watched Rubio that he would thrive in the NBA. He’s built for this.

  • Fletch213

    Totally agree with @dfrance21 rubio has surprised me and I have to say the guy does have skills.

  • Startown

    Agree with RunNGun Wolves need a shooter and someone that is better than Darko, he just isn’t the answer. Dwight Howard would be nice (ha ha).

  • batlizard

    Rubio is better than expected, right though, Steph Curry would sure look nice in a Wolves uni, instead of Jonny Flynn, ugh, where is he now?! Blew that one!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    rubio been solid, but people acting like he’s killing the league.

  • shutup

    season avgs of 9 points 7 apg and 3 tov isnt really that amazing and were only 11 games in please chill out with I told you so’s. He doing well, but my predictions were 8 and 6 with 4-5 tov so hes not doing much better than i expected and i still dont believe he deserved all the hype he has gotten

  • Startown

    shutup is back, hating rubio again. He is playing a little more than half the game so consider what his stats would be per 48 minutes, and if you don’t think he is an impressive player you know nothing about basketball. Did you wrestle in high school?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Per 36 minutes Rubio is averaging 12Points, 9.8Assists, 4.8Rebounds and 2 steals. He’s going to be a good to really good NBA player. Always will be. And it’s been obvious for a long time.

  • shutup

    rubio is playing 31 mpg, idc about weighted stats a game is a game despite how much he can or didnt play, im not hating just being realistic, I’ll be the minority and say i dont think the hype was deserved, he’s playing good and I think my predictions on his numbers will be spot on. I never said he couldnt be good or wouldnt be good I just said the hype had him labeled as great and he’s not great, I dont see him being a top ten pg in the league in the next couple years, he can/will be a solid starter

  • LA Huey

    Respect to guys who doubted him and admitted they were wrong. dfrance, why would you want a guy like that to fail? Scouts said he’s a pass first PG (with flair) and plays defense. Isn’t that the kind of guy you’d love to watch, root for, and play with? Remember, “hate leads to suffering”.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    On the season, Ricky Rubio is a +52 while he’s on the court. For comparisons sake, the starter, Luke Ridnour, is -48. Not only is Rubio as good as advertised, he might be better. Most people thought he would struggle at first. Instead, he has stepped in and thrived.

  • LA Huey

    Top 10 PGs in a few years, easy. All-Star bids will be tough though because he’ll have to compete against SGs as well. But his style of play is perfect for the ASG and he’s got the kind of game coaches and fans love.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Coaches will pick him as a reserve as soon as he’s putting up double digit assists (average). It’s not like he doesn’t play defense, coaches love him, they’ll reflect it in a few years.

  • LA Huey

    I really like Adelman but when’s he going to just bench Ridnour and Beasley and officially start Rubio and Derrick Williams? I’m inclined to believe Coach has orders to showcase Beasley to boost his trade value.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My question is, what happens when Martell Webster comes back?

  • LA Huey

    Well, who’s their SG right now? Why can’t they start Martell?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Wes Johnson has been. Can’t bench him for Martell can you? (imo) Johnson is the better player. But he is more of a SF. They have no position flexibility. 3 PG’s who play around 20MPG (Rubio, Ridnour, Barea). 2 SF’s who play around 20MPG (Johnson, Beasley) and then there is still Wayne Ellington at 18, Derrick Williams at 21 and Anthony Randolph who will likely see a similar amount of minutes after last night.

  • Startown

    nbk–agree, coaches like his style. Too much shoot first, pass second in this league. If he had another scorer, wow his assists would go up. Beasley definite trade bait, but probably not much in return.

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    @LA I over exaggerated that. I didn’t want him to fail as much as I wanted my prediction that he would be a flop to be true. lol. But I would never root for a guy to not succeed at something they’re working hard towards.

    I think Wes Johnson is a better overall player, but Webster is probably a better 2. He can really shoot the ball and is pretty athletic going to the basket. Wes is more of a do everything well, but nothing great type of guy. But Martell is always hurt, so you can’t rely on him.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Wes Johnson is faster, stronger, and jumps higher than Webster. Actually Wes Johnson is one of the best athletes in the league. I also think he’s a better defender, even at the 2.

  • LA Huey

    Ship Beasley out for someone else to take a chance on him. I’m sure there’s a contender with a late 1st round pick (to use on a legit center) they could exchange. Redistribute Ellington’s minutes to Martell and Wes. Freeze Barea in carbonite and hide him at the bottom of a lake.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    irving > rubio. right now
    i love both cats. both are ready, promising and will have a great future in the league. but right now…

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    NBK: that can alllll be solved by benching Ridnour and starting Rubio, letting Barea have those extra minutes…

  • Dre Baller

    never cared for the Timberwolves. not even the days when they had KG, Spree & Cassell but now, Ricky Rubio got me looking for Timberwolves highlights everyday.

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