One of the rewards of the Wolves’ successful 3-1 road trip was the resurgence of Ricky Rubio. Rubio lamented weeks ago not being able to find his mojo, vibe, motivation, whatever you want to call it — he was lost amidst a sea of noncommittal, boring Wolves offense, non-existent defense and frustrated with the lack of results his efforts to amend it reaped.
Through the last 5 games Rubio has averaged 9 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 turnovers on 47% shooting. His minutes are back up at 33 a game over that stretch. Back-to-back games against the Utah Jazz came at the right time.
While recent results show Rubio’s bolstered confidence — point guard match ups against revolving defensive doors Trey Burke, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and D.J. Augustin probably didn’t hurt, either.
Then there’s this…