Point guard Ricky Rubio made only one shot Wednesday, but folks were still talking about Rubio’s drive to the basket in the third quarter.
Rubio got the ball on the perimeter, ball-faked Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey into the air, then did a behind-the-back move with the ball as he went in for the layup. Afterwards Rubio insisted he did it to avoid having defenders get their hands on the ball.
Wolves coach Rick Adelman, a former NBA guard himself, smiled at that notion. “It’s just natural,” Adelman said. “He does things that other guys might think about doing by themselves in the gym. But he does it on the court. It’s just the way that he plays. I’ve seen him make passes that other guys aren’t even going to think about. It comes natural to him.”
Adelman was asked if he ever did a move like that. “By myself, in the gym,” he said.