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POINT GUARD RICKY RUBIO IMPROVES EACH TIME HE PLAYS
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:33 AM EST

How will point guard Ricky Rubio work into the league? How will he cope with the impossibly fast point guards in the NBA?

As we all waited for the Spanish phenomenon point guard to finally enter the NBA, these were the issues that typically popped up. Sure, he can pass in Europe, but how does he handle Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, John Wall and ruling MVP Crane Rose? These players are too quick for him to handle. Las Vegas odds

After his clash with Rose on Tues. night at the Target Center, it seems like he’s perfectly competent of holding his own. He had thirteen 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 overpowering shooting. Thanks to Rose’s 14 first-quarter points, they took advantage of Wolves starting lineup which has been digging early deficits for the team to exceed. Vegas odds

As the Bulls looked prepared to cruise to success with their first-half guide reaching as much as twenty-four points, the newbie Spaniard assisted his team manifestation and step a mad comeback right previous to halftime. Minnesota ended quarter two on a 20-2 run, powered by Rubio’s 6 assists in this extend. Once the Wolves appeared to be major about giving Chicago a game, the attention shined on the showdown among Rubio and Rose.

Rubio’s defense together with Rose’s decision to pace his scoring in the 2nd and 3rd quarters showed clearly that the rookie is perfectly capable of handling the quickest of the elite on the defensive end. He stressed Rose defensively, causing multiple turnovers and doing a praiseworthy job of keeping him out of the paint for extended stretches. Between the 1st and 4th quarters, Rose tallied just 3 points on 1-for-7 shooting.

However, once 4 quarter commenced, Rubio learned just how terrorizing his opposite number can be on the offensive end. Rose knocked down five of his 8 shots, along with a 3-pointer disguised as a dagger with just more than a minute left, to saddle the Wolves with the loss.

While the last totals 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 before and then handled the game till it was time for him to have over in four quarter. Rubio, on the other hand, came off the bench to galvanize a Wolves team in serious 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 eleven assists. “All of their other players played well, knocking down shots when he was passing them the ball. They’re a different squad. They play with plenty of energy.

“They all are on the same page. Everyone knows their own task.”

This is what Rubio was brought in to do, get this team headed in the right course, both on and off the floor. Without regard for worries and / or bills that he wasn’t going to be in a position to handle the stress, pace and power of the NBA, Rubio’s experience as a longtime professional player in Europe has helped his game translate neatly in his first 10 challenges in the NBA.

His passing game, superbly on view Tuesday night, has been as exciting and impactful as advertised. But he’s moreover brought a remarkable shooting ability that was much slandered in all his scouting reports. While on Team USA in 2010, Rose played against Rubio in an exhibition game abroad. According to the 2011 NBA MVP, not very much has modified in Rubio’s game.

“There’s no variation – if something, he is shooting the ball. Over there, he wasn’t shooting the ball. Over here, he has got a lot of conviction when he plays. When he gets inside midrange, he’s a good player,” Rose said.

Through the first ten games of the season, Rubio has gone toe to toe with several of the top point guards in this league and kept his own each time on the floor.

There is no a bit longer a matter of whether he belongs in the NBA. The question now making about Ricky Rubio is where he will finish up between the position’s select?


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