Ricky Rubio Logs First NBA Triple-Double
For more than 40 minutes after the Wolves’ game with San Antonio ended Tuesday night, Ricky Rubio decompressed. He sat in an ice-filled tub, lingered in the shower, allowed the Timberwolves training staff to knead and stretch his sore body. When you play the game with the pedal to the metal, there is a price to pay.
“Well,’’ he said, after settling slowly into the chair in front of his locker. “I hit the knee on the floor. And all game I was getting hits all around my body. It’s an NBA game.”
And it felt very, very good.
Rubio, playing with his own special brand of intensity, finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. It was his first NBA triple double, the first by a Wolves player this season. And, predicted many in the wake of Minnesota’s absurdly unpredictable 107-83 victory over San Antonio, the first of many to come.