Porter understands Rubio's anger

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODAjzgoda@startribune.com
  • Updated: January 25, 2013 - 1:04 AM

Wolves guard Ricky Rubio was upset after not playing in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn.

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asesinoprJan. 25, 13 1:49 AM

Jajaj Rubio wants the easy task as JJ hardly put the team within 5 points behind. Rubio is a bust

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shadjcJan. 25, 13 9:21 AM

Porter better get his deal in check! Rubio is the future of this team. Anyone that has obviously forgotten about last year when Ricky got us into playoff contention, despite having no other NBA caliber players other Love and Peck, clearly doesn't know much about the game. Ricky's struggling right now because A) he's coming off a major injury, and B) he plays much better when he plays big minutes and can get into the flow of the game. The only way he's going to get back to playing at the level he was before he got hurt is by playing a lot of minutes. We're losing anyway right now. I'd rather they gave Ricky as many minutes as he can handle, so he gets his mojo back. Just to be clear, Rubio does have a long way to go to get back to being the transcendent player he was before he got hurt, but Porter better figure that out fast that getting Ricky back in the flow is THE priority right now! If he pisses Rubio off he'll be gone in a heartbeat!

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jsestudiosJan. 25, 1310:21 AM

To me Rubio needs to come down and learn how to be patient and work on his game, specially his shooting. He can't shoot and also he wouldn't made a different on that game worst he could get hurt. Right now if the game is on the line I take JJ 100% of the time. he can shoot passa and take the charge like no other, and he is a proven champion.

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hjlazniJan. 25, 1311:21 AM

As long as the Wolves do not send Rubio to the D league to get maximum playing minutes they have to play him maxium minutes in the NBA. Rubio at guard and the maker of tough shots Barrea at the off guard spot is the Wolves best option with Pek, Williams and AK 47 upfront. This is the best line up to try to fill the many empty seats we see at Target Center.

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ljb6599Jan. 25, 13 1:42 PM

Some thoughts...I have not said much about this team this year but here goes. I was not that optimistic as others were about this team at the beginning of the year.I was quite sure that Brandon Roy a talented player would not be able to play because of his knees and was given too much money.Other injuries were unfortunate i.e Chase Budinger. He most likely could have helped this team with shooting. Injuries to Shved and Peckovic also did not help either.Love's mind was never on the game since the get go despite the hand injury. Playing in the all star game has not helped him other than to make his ego even larger than it already was.The biggest need continues to be perimeter shooting especially when you see what other teams have.Kevin Love provides some of that when he is healthy but I do not specifically want this coming from a PF.Ricky Rubio will not be 100% until next year but he is the starter. He is not a great shooter himself but he knows how to run an offense and when healthy is an excellent defender. He needs to be surrounded by shooters so he can deliver the ball to them. When he gets in a rhythm his perimeter shooting is better.I think the team should play Derek Williams more than the do while Love is out to see if he has any potential to be starter at PF. AK47 has been steady but he is not an impact player like Kevin Garnett whom can make average players better. He is also not an intimidating defender or shot blocker. My starting guards when healthy would be Rubio and Shved with Barea and Ridnour the back ups.I am concerned that Pekovic is going to be an injury prone player so a solid back up can score is a necessity. I like what I have seen of Chris Johnson but I am not sure if he is the answer. Greg Stiemsma is a 3rd center at best. Once again I believe the Wolves will be looking for some shooters in the post season which just seem endless year after year.

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