Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Steve Nash talks about Ricky Rubio

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves pre-game Updated: April 9, 2012 - 1:09 PM

 Steve Nash lingered for a while getting in extra shots after the Suns' shootaround at Target Center today. Then he sat down, got some ice on his lower back and talked about his team's recent success...and his disappointment in Ricky Rubio's injury.

Phoenix being here for tonight's 8 p.m. game with the Wolves only points out once more what might have been for Minnesota this season. Rubio was the kind of facilitating point guard that had people comparing him to Nash. Nash, meanwhile, is aging like fine wine. In his 14th NBA season he is shooting 54 percent from the field -- a career high -- and 40.7 percent from three-point range. He is trying to become the third player in history (John Stockton and Chris Mullen) to average 54 percent overall and 40 percent on threes in the same season.

Nash's play, along with a stronger bench (one that includes former Wolves player Sebastian Telfair) and better rebounding are the reasons why the Suns, out of the picture at the All Star break, are now a game behind Denver for eighth place in the Western Conference.

The Wolves, meanwhile, are 4-12 since Rubio tore knee ligaments against the Lakers March 9.

"It hurt them, obviously, in a number of ways," Nash said. "One, it takes away their main playmaker. two, it hurts their depth. So it's not something anyone wants to see happen. I was very disappointed for Ricky. He was having a very good rookie year. And he was an exciting player for our league. So it's a shame. But he's young. He'll recover well, and he'll be back (next year) and hopefully nobody will remember what happened."

 

Rubio is back in the Twin Cities after an extended post-surgery stay in Colorado doing rehab. He may be at the game tonight. 

But we won't know until just over an hour after the game if Luke Ridnour is ready to return from the sprained ankle he sustained at Sacramento April 2. He has missed two games. 

That's about it for now. Have a good afternoon.

ADVERTISEMENT

Washington - WP: D. Fister 1 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: D. Gee 0
Philadelphia - WP: S. Gonzalez 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
Toronto - LP: J. Francis 7 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: M. Rzepczynski 10
Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto 0 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 5
Tampa Bay - LP: S. Geltz 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: T. Hunter 4
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks 3 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly 13
Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez 6 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie 4
Seattle - LP: C. Smith 6 FINAL
Houston - WP: P. Neshek 7
Pittsburgh - LP: R. Liz 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich 3
Milwaukee - WP: W. Smith 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop 3
Oakland - WP: S. Gray 7 FINAL
Texas - LP: Y. Gallardo 1
LA Angels - LP: J. Weaver 0 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum 5
Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick 6 FINAL
San Diego - WP: J. Shields 8
Arizona - LP: E. Marshall 0 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: J. Howell 1
NY Yankees 8 Bottom 6th Inning
Boston 5
Washington 104 FINAL
Atlanta 98
Memphis 86 FINAL
Golden State 101
Tampa Bay 6 FINAL
Montreal 2
Minnesota 0 3rd Prd
Chicago 2
Calgary 0 1st Prd 6:56
Anaheim 1
Chicago 0 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Seattle 3 FINAL
New York City 1
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What are you following most closely right now?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT