Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio’s surgically repaired knee must be feeling better, much better. In his past 10 games, he has flirted with reaching his first NBA triple-double five times. He has six steals each in three of those games — including his past two entering Saturday’s game at Denver — and 43 total. That’s the most prolific 10-game stretch by any NBA player since Ron Artest in 2002, and so long ago that Ron Artest doesn’t even exist anymore. “It’s good to see him back, I think he’s 100 percent now,” teammate Derrick Williams said. “That’s the Ricky we’re all used to: He’s passing the ball, he’s making shots.” And he’s getting his hands on basketballs, deflecting opponents’ passes and collecting steals at an accelerating rate that, at this pace, will qualify him to be listed among the league leaders in that category within a week. If he were eligible now, he’d be second in the league with an average of 2.39 per game, behind only Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul. It’s quite a change from that cautious player he was for weeks and weeks after returning Dec. 15 from March knee surgery. “I’m being aggressive on offense and on defense because I don’t think at all with my knee,” he said simply.
Wolves' Rubio making steals at high pace
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 10