Wolves’ Rubio Upset with Benching
Adding to another loss by the Timberwolves — their seventh in the past eight games — was Ricky Rubio’s candid disappointment over not playing in the fourth quarter of a 91-83 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at Target Center on Wednesday night, Jan. 23.
It was the first time this season Rubio has not made an appearance in the fourth quarter, prompting Rubio to seek an explanation from head coach Terry Porter.
“I want to know what happened,” Rubio said. “We’re going to talk. ‘TP’ preferred to play the other players who were playing. I don’t know what to say. I don’t like it.”
Twice in the fourth quarter, Rubio reported to the scorer’s table as if he were going into the game. The first was during a timeout with 4:22 remaining and the Wolves trailing 82-74. It appeared Rubio was going in for J.J. Barea, who had played all of the quarter up to that point and had committed five fouls in the period.