December 17, 2012 1:15 PM by Braxton
After recovering from a torn-ACL, Timberwolves fans didn’t know what to expect when Ricky Rubio came back in to the lineup. Whether they expected him to light it up or not, he did pretty well. In 18 minutes, he had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, all while willing the Wolves to a 114-106 victory.
In a week filled with numerous trade rumors, there is one that stands out. Superstar Power Forward Kevin Love took to the media to talk about the fact that Glen Taylor, the owner of the Timberwolves, doesn’t believe he is a star player. In response to the trade rumours, Love talked about the fact that he never had much help and had new teammates every year. Would the Timberwolves dare trade the best Power Forward in the NBA? If you are a Wolves fan, you hope not. Should they trade him? No. Kevin Love has never had a star teammate and the team thinks that signing a bunch of bench players will fix that. It never has, and never will.
Lines of the Week:
Kyrie Irving @ New York: 41 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
Jose Calderon vs. Houston: 18 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 0 turnovers.
Isaiah Thomas @ Oklahoma City: 26 points, 10-of-13 from the field, and 4-of-7 from 3-point range, in just 16 minutes.
Stat of the Week: Going into their game against Toronto, the Mavericks had hit a 3-pointer in 1,108 consecutive games. That record would come to a stop as Dallas went 0-for-13 from behind the arc.
Rookie Report: Yet another week with not many standout moments for the NBA’s rookies. Austin Rivers of the Hornets was the only real bright spot, as he scored 27 points on efficient 9-of-14 from the field, including 5-for-6 from behind the arc.
Highlight of the Week: In his first game back since a torn-ACL, Ricky Rubio made an amazing pass to Greg Stiesma. Rubio passed the ball between his legs, mesmerizing Elton Brand as the ball went right in front of him, and Greg Stiesma finished the play under the basket. We saw flashes of his playmaking abilities last year, and this is surely a sign of things to come for the young point guard.