Chart: Strengths and weaknesses of Love, Rubio

  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 8:31 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, right, is fouled by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, left, as he grabs a rebound during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. The Timberwolves won 97-89. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ORG XMIT: SCA110

Kevin Love (Age: 25)

Games missed last two seasons

75, primarily because of that right shooting hand he broke twice last year.

What he is

A unique player, the likes of which the NBA previously hadn’t seen: Old-fashioned rebounder with a shooting guard’s three-point range. One of the game’s toughest matchups and a fantasy-league delight.

What he isn’t

A superior athlete or low-post player who can’t — at least not yet — consistently create his own shot when the game’s on the line.

The quote

“Creating your own shot on offense for young players, that’s probably the hardest thing to do unless you’re as gifted as Kobe and LeBron at such a young age.” — Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, now a TNT analyst who knew something about creating his own shot when he played.

Ricky Rubio (Age: 23)

Games missed last two seasons

50 because of a March 2012 torn ACL knee injury that caused him to miss the final five weeks of that season and the first six of last year.

What he is

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  • Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (9), of Spain, drives against Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) in the first half of their preseason NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ORG XMIT: MIPS101

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Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland 9 Top 8th Inning
LA Angels 6
Colorado 3 Bottom 7th Inning
San Diego 2
Los Angeles 1 Top 7th Inning
San Francisco 1
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Brooklyn 98
Denver 80 4th Qtr 11:37
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