4 Will Ricky find his shot?
Rubio led his teammates in preseason three-point shooting at 54.5 percent, yet still shot under 40 percent from the field. The first number is an encouraging sign that might help Adelman sleep better. The latter number indicates his jump shot is a work in progress that Rubio says is improving as his legs get stronger in his recovery from March 2012 knee surgery.
Rubio doesn’t need to turn into John Stockton or Steve Nash, but he does need to make enough shots to keep defenses honest. And if he turns himself into something more than that in time…?
“It’d make a huge difference,” Adelman said. “It really would.”
5 Where’s Big Pek?
The Wolves guaranteed Pekovic $60 million partly because of how he produced — including 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds — last season when Love missed 64 games. But with Love again healthy and Martin aboard, the Wolves offense and Pekovic himself are adjusting.
Saunders said Pekovic needs to get in better shape after a summer spent waiting safely for his new contract. Adelman wanted his offense to incorporate Pekovic better this last week, with mixed results. He finished the preseason averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in limited minutes.
“We’ll be fine,” Pekovic said. “Nobody’s greedy about points, about those things, about himself. Everyone’s a team player. We’ll be fine.”