Ricky Rubio is done talking about his knee, how it feels, how close he is to 100 percent.
"I don't want to think about the knee anymore," he said Monday.
So he'll have to let his play do the talking. And, recently, Rubio's game has taken such a step it's hard not to think that he has come all the way back from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. As Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said, Rubio is playing with confidence. And that confidence has translated into a much more aggressive game.
Over the past five games Rubio has 23 steals, second-most in a five-game stretch in franchise history. And while this is more because of instinct than his newly-aggressive nature, it is an indication of how confident he feels in his knee. Rubio is averaging 2.1 steals per game, third in the league behind Chris Paul (2.5) and Mike Conley (2.2).
Perhaps a better indication of how good Rubio is feeling is his ability to get to the free-throw line.
In his rookie season Rubio never got to the free-throw line 10 times in one game. This season he's done it in three of his past four games. That has allowed Rubio to score consistently even with his shot still inconsistent. The fact that he is able to get to the basket and get to the line even with teams sagging off him is a testament to the quickness Rubio has regained, as is his 15.1-point average over his past seven games.
"It is a sign of his aggressiveness," Adelman said. "He is picking and choosing the right time, when he has a chance to get [to the basket] and get bumped. He is going to get to the line."
Ricky Rubio's recovery reaches attack mode for Timberwolves
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 26