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Ricky Rubio experiences high and lows of the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves were in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers last night, and T-Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio had the opportunity to experience the joy and pain of the NBA during the same game.

The good? Check out this pass, where as Rubio is falling down he delivers a nutmeg to DeAndre Jordan…

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And then, of course, the bad, as Rubio saves a ball from going out of bounds and ends up with his hair full of popcorn…

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Ricky Rubio high-fives imaginary teammates

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we saw what happened when DeMarcus Cousins asked for a high-five, and there were no teammates around to help him finish the job. What did Boogie do? He gave himself a high-five.

Ricky Rubio found a different solution. After going to the free throw line by himself to shoot a technical foul shot against the Spurs, Ricky made the shot and doled out a couple of high-fives to teammates that didn’t exist…

POSTERIZED: Wiggins, Porzingis make their cases

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our ongoing attempts to chronicle every time someone in the NBA gets POSTERIZED, in order to have a most perfect Posterized Poll when that time comes, I’m doing my best to keep up with every posterization happening throughout the season.

Last night there were a couple of nice entrants in our contest. But before we get to that, one bit of business to attend to: In my post yesterday, I posited that dunks over someone’s back shouldn’t count as being posterized — to me, being posterized means being chest-to-chest with the dunker and still getting dunked on.

HOWEVA, after discussing this last night at the Bucks/Nets game with my main man Ohm Youngmisuk from ESPN, I believe I have changed my mind. Sure, someone getting dunked on chest-to-chest is generally more spectacular, but you can still make a poster out of someone getting dunked on over their back. So, going forward, anyone getting dunked on is fair game for POSTERIZED.

To the dunks! First, one day after Avery Bradley sort of dunked on LaMarcus Aldridge, Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis definitely dunked over LA…


VIDEO: Kristaps poster

Also, up in Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins went baseline and dunked in between Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard. (And nice dish from Ricky Rubio, too.)


VIDEO: Wiggins poster

Here’s footage of 14-year-old Ricky Rubio

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As of today, Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio is second in the NBA in assists per game, averaging 11 per contest. Rubio has talked often about how he wants to be the leader of the young Timberwolves team, and even though he has just three years of NBA experience, he’s got a lifetime of basketball experience. Rubio has been a professional basketball player since he was a kid, and made his debut in Spain’s ACB league with DKV Joventut as a 14-year-old. Here’s a cool video of Rubio at 14, learning the fundamentals with his then-coach, Sito Alonso.


VIDEO: Young Ricky

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Ricky Rubio looks like he does not want to forget Minnesota’s win

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Following a big road win tonight in Brooklyn, Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic addressed the media and noted that the team will do their best to forget this win and move on to the next game. In the background, Ricky Rubio seems like he’s not so sure about this strategy…

And he confirmed these feelings later in the night:

Minnesota Timberwolves 90210

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A year ago we saw a Minnesota Timberwolves video made a group of Spanish T-Wolves fans that mixed together the theme from “Cheers” with shots of the Wolves. This season, to celebrate the new start in Minnesota, the same fans have re-cut the opening credits of the seminal ’90s series “Beverly Hills 90210” using members of the Timberwolves. It’s brilliantly done, although I have to admit I was hoping for Flip Saunders to pop up in the Joe E. Tata slot at the end of the credits.


VIDEO: MN 90210

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The Minnesota Timberwolves can’t stop playing Flappy Bird

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

Portland Trail Blazers v Minnesota Timberwolves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Have you played the game Flappy Bird on your cellphone? If not, well, that’s too bad, because the game is no longer on the market — the game’s creator removed it from the app store a few weeks back. If you downloaded the game before it left the market, you can still play, but I would advise against this. Why? Because it’s a horribly addictive game. On this point, I can speak from experience.

Flappy Bird is about as simple as they come: You tap the screen over and over to navigate your bird through a series of openings in pipes. Touch a pipe, your bird crashes to earth. That’s it. It’s easy to figure out, easy to control, but the game is just tough enough to make it maddeningly difficult. But as simple as it is, as addictive as it is, there is some terrible zen to be found by hypnotically getting lost in trying to improve upon what you’ve already done.

This has apparently been learned in Minnesota, where as Steve McPherson reports in a fun piece for True Hoop, Flappy Bird has become all the rage in the Timberwolves’ locker room. The top three scorers? Third is Ronny Turiaf with 113; second place belongs to Ricky Rubio with 187. first place belongs to Chase Budinger, who somehow has racked up 327 points. As someone who has spent, ahem, more than a few hours playing Bird, my brain literally cringed a little when I read that score for the first time.

Anyway, as Budinger explains to McPherson…

Budinger will be difficult to top; he has a deep yet nuanced understanding of the game and what it takes to win. “All you do is tap the screen,” he says. “The bird flaps and you gotta go through tunnels. The way to do best at that game is you need to be somewhere alone and quiet. I think on the plane is a good time to play. Or on the bus, even though you’re moving a little bit.”

“Right now,” says Turiaf, “Chase is claiming that when you play without the sound, it helps you get better.”

Apparently, there’s one player who needs to put it on vibrate. Asked who on the team is the worst, Turiaf replies, “By far, and I mean by far: Corey Brewer.”

“I think his high is six,” Budinger says.

Brewer, trotting through the locker room behind Budinger, growls, “Get off me, man. I got seven. Seven’s my high.”

I have to admit, Corey Brewer is a man after my own heart. Or at least my low score.

J-Smoove To Brew: No Soup For You

At some point of any Timberwolves game these days, you’re going to see a streaking Corey Brewer awaiting a full-court pass from Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio. This habit has produced some serious noggin-shaking highlights, not to mention very few offensive rebounds for the former Gator.

Every now and again however, teams pay attention to the scouting report. Say hello to Josh Smith, your attentive student for the evening:


VIDEO: Corey Brewer falls victim to spectacular block by Josh Smith

Rubio Racks Up On A Wild Night Of Sharing


VIDEO: Ricky Rubio runs wild on the Pacers’ vaunted defense

Wednesday night was a time of giving in the Association, as Joakim Noah, Ricky Rubio and Kemba Walker tallied career highs in dimes in three different North American regions.

North of the border in Toronto, Noah was generous early and often, feeding cutting and spot-up teammates 12 times for a basket, including a behind-the-back two hopper from the middle of the paint to the corner on a fast break.

Video: Watch Joakim Noah’s 13 assists against the Raptors

In the Southeast, Bobcats guard Walker took another step in his evolution from a shoot-first point to on-court chef. Using his ball-on-a-string dribble, Kemba carved the Pistons’ D with kick-outs to open shooters set up by a crisp two-man game with Al Jefferson. Reserve point guard Ramon Sessions recorded 10 assists of his own. (Further down on the map, John Wall weaved pinpoint passes through the Hawks in Atlanta for 12 in a win).

Video: Watch Kemba Walker’s 16 assists against the Pistons

But the facilitator of the night goes to the Spaniard in the Midwest. Rubio got busy to the tune of 17 assists, dishing a steady diet to Kevin Love (42 points) and Corey Brewer and Ronny Turiaf. He controlled the pill like a wand, harrying the Pacers seemingly with ease.

Video: Watch Ricky Rubio’s 17 assists against the Pacers

His abuse of Paul George and Roy Hibbert in this highlight might be the best Rubio playmaking moment of the season:


VIDEO: Ricky Rubio fakes out Paul George and Roy Hibbert for the dump-off

By no means are these the only superb givers on the night. Rajon Rondo and Trey Burke collected 10 dimes each, James Harden one-upped them with 11 and Kendall Marshall shared in 16 buckets. Marshall has seven games this season of 14 or more assists, tying Chris Paul for the NBA lead. He’s only played 25 games.

Even Phoenix’s P.J. Tucker got in on the milestone act, tying a career high with six helpers.

Ricky Rubio Plays Ball With Kid From Stands

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was a delay during the third quarter of last night’s Wolves/Jazz game in Salt Lake City. And as officials and ballboys worked to get the halfcourt area cleaned up, Jazz mascot Bear brought a young girl who was sitting courtside out onto the floor. She wandered over near the Minnesota bench, and next thing you know she’s practicing bounce passes with none other than Ricky Rubio as her coaching partner. Not sure if that’s included in the ticket price or what, but it’s a nice perk.


VIDEO: Rubio’s Cool Assist