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"Ricky Rubio is one of the NBA's best passers and point guard defenders. He's also just 25 years old. How did he become so anonymous? Maybe it's because more was expected after he held his own in a gold medal game showdown against players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Perhaps it's because former Timberwolves general manager David Kahn selected him and eventual flameout Jonny Flynn over future MVP Stephen Curry. Maybe it's the dozens of games Rubio has missed due to various injuries.
"But while his game has some glaring holes and is different than most of the league's best point guards, it's just as influential. Rubio may not have turned into the star many once thought he could be, but judging him against those initial expectations is both unfair and misguided.
"As has been the case for years now, the Timberwolves are a better team with Rubio on the floor. Minnesota is 5-4 with him and 0-4 without him. They're also seven points better per 100 possessions when he plays, per NBA.com."
"In his 12th season, Martin is a veteran known for his quick release and accurate shot and his consistent scoring. But he was in the midst of what he described as one of the most difficult stretches of his career. In the five games before Monday, he had shot 25 percent and averaged 7.6 points.
"A confident player, Martin continued to take extra shots in practice and hope that work would translate into games. Because of Martin’s unorthodox shooting style, interim coach Sam Mitchell and his staff weren’t in a position to offer pointers. Ultimately, Mitchell decided to move Martin into the starting lineup at shooting guard starting Monday."
“’I didn't want to lose,’ Wiggins said. ‘I looked at the score and we were down ... and I was like 'We've got to pick it up. I've got to pick it up.' ‘ That he did. Wiggins scored 11 points over the final 4:43 to power Minnesota to a 100-95 win over Philadelphia. It was the Wolves' first home win in seven tries this season.
"Wiggins finished with 32 points, 15 of them in the fourth quarter, and six rebounds. It was the 20-year-old's eighth game with more than 20 points this season. ‘He's turning into an unbelievable player right before our eyes,’ Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said."
“Kobe Bryant shot 1 of 14 for just four points, matching the worst-shooting performance of his career in a game where he had at least one basket. The Lakers dropped to 2-12 with the second-worst record in the NBA. ‘I could have scored 80 tonight, it wouldn't have made a damn difference,’ Bryant said. Bryant went 1 for 7 from 3-point range in 25 minutes as Los Angeles lost its fourth in a row and eighth in nine. He also finished 1 for 14 last season against San Antonio, according to STATS.”
No more Howls until next Monday. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! This year let’s all be thankful for our health, our prosperity and our KARL. But mostly KARL. Take care, Wolf Pack, and enjoy your daily video Howls…