Unfortunately for Rubio, shooting is not all in the wrist

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2013 - 2:21 PM
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oxboardJan. 16, 13 8:30 AM

when Stiemsma, Rubio, or Amundmsen, enter the game any lead they have starts to go away, these three contribute nothing, Rubio might come around next year, the wolves need help, from the bench especially when Pek is resting.

krellcodaJan. 16, 13 9:24 AM

Why is Stiemsma, the human robot still on the team? The guy is so clumsy that every time he touches the ball, it's a turnover for sure. They need to trade Rubio and Love now and start from scratch. This team is so pathetic to watch year in and year out.

ilovebballJan. 16, 1310:13 AM

Rubio will be just fine. Not even a year removed from surgery, and from my own personal experience that is not enough time to get that confidence back from the reconstructed knee. You can see each game he is trying a little more and pushing it to see how it will hold up. It is all a confidence and strength thing right now. One thing you cannot take away is his basketball IQ, his body will catch up, might not be this season but it will happen.

pilarevJan. 16, 1311:20 AM

Woah, some of these comments are a little dramatic. Granted it is really hard being a Wolves fan given the luck with have had since KG left. We have been decimated by injuries this season and Ricky just needs more time. You can see that his mind is up to speed, but his legs are still catching up. Shved shouldn't have to play 30+ minutes a game. He looks exhausted. He and Dante' should be coming off the bench to provide a spark, but with the injuries this season they have been asked to expand their roles. It seems to me that now is the time for the team to get more support from us fans. They're making the best of a bad situation, and so should we.

MuddyOasisJan. 16, 13 2:08 PM

People harp on the few weaknesses of Rubio and Love like it makes them lesser than perfect players. Hate to break it to everyone but nearly everyone in the league is less than perfect. The idea is to combine players skill sets to make up for others' weaknesses. So Rubio struggles shooting...you'd probably want a really good offensive rebounder to make up for when he misses. Love isn't the best at D or blocking shots or disrupting shots so it might be better to have really good perimeter defenders around him to limit him having to make those plays. Wait a second...did I just stumble upon two players who help cover each others' weaknesses ? Amazing.

snoozecruiseJan. 16, 13 6:20 PM

I agree with pilarev. Criticizing this team is like criticizing Adelman for missing games due to his wife's illness. It makes no sense to kick an injured dog--or in this case, wolf. Yes, we need another athletic player or two, but if we had everyone healthy on our current roster, we'd probably be five games above .500. There are many, many losses to come, and that's fine with me. You can't win in this league being as decimated as the Wolves have been--and are. Plenty to watch and enjoy despite the losses: Rubio's improvement, how DWill progresses, Shved's play, and so forth. Even decimated, this is not a laughable group like last year's team or when the camera would catch Beasely and Brewer singing to some song with smiles on their faces while down thirty points. (BTW, glad to see Brewer is doing well in Denver.)

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