On the same night Kevin Love signed his new $61 million contract in the locker room in Dallas, Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio seemed to suggest with that twinkle in his eyes and a mischievous grin that just maybe his coach should refund an evening's wages after Wednesday's unlikely 105-90 victory over the Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

"At the beginning of the game we were saying, 'Who is going to start?' and they said the guard starters are easy," Rubio said. "We only have two."

So what kind of coaching is that from a future Hall of Famer who now has won 953 career games?

With Luke Ridnour out healing a sore knee and J.J. Barea and his hamstring in a suit accepting his NBA championship ring during a pregame ceremony that rattled the arena's rafters, Wolves coach Rick Adelman had no choice but to start Rubio and Wayne Ellington in the backcourt and play them to exhaustion.