Page 3 of 3 Previous

Continued: Rubio's shot is still an adventure

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 19, 2014 - 5:33 AM

“You’re not going to learn it on a Kevin Durant or Steph Curry level, but you can certainly improve,” said Jackson, once a point guard himself. “I was a guy who didn’t shoot particularly well, but you stay in the gym and you hang around with guys like Chris Mullin, shoot with guys like Reggie Miller. … You’re going to get better.”

When Rubio is on the court, the Wolves shoot 45.1 percent and have a 49.4 effective field-goal percentage (field goals made plus half of three-pointers made divided by total attempts). Without him, those numbers are 41.0 and 45.2. Yes, this is a stat affected by who Rubio normally plays with, but it is also one indication of his impact.

Rubio does not hide behind such numbers. He openly admits he has to “find a rhythm” of how to score more consistently.

“I’m trying to find it,” he said. “I’m working on it, to find it. And it’s going to come.”

Until then, Karl said NBA watchers should appreciate what Rubio does well, and wait for the rest of his game develop.

“Listen, he is going to figure this out,” Karl said. “ He’s young. I think he’s had a tough season; the mental stuff is beating him up a little.

“It’s the perfect storm. He comes back from the injury. There is the stress, the pressure to be good. And then he struggles with his shot. Everybody is overreacting. I think, for me, this is an easy one. Weather the storm.”

  • related content

  • Video: Wolves Daily: Pek still out as the games resume

    Tuesday February 18, 2014

    The Wolves returned to practice Tuesday after their five-day All Star break but Nikola Pekovic didn't. He remains out...

  • Graphic: Ricky Rubio's shooting struggles

    Tuesday February 18, 2014

    Ricky Rubio is shooting just 36.1 percent so far this season, making 153 of his...

  • Pekovic, Martin still sidelined as Wolves return to practice

    Wednesday February 19, 2014

    The Timberwolves returned to practice Tuesday after their five-day All-Star break, but starting center Nikola Pekovic didn’t.

  • Gameday preview: Indiana at Wolves

    Tuesday February 18, 2014

    Wolves Gameday7 P.M. VS. indiana • Target Center • FSN/ESPN, 830-AMPreview: The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers returned from All-Star break with...

  • Chart: Rubio's progress compared to other top NBA point guards

    Tuesday February 18, 2014

    Learning the ropesA comparison of Ricky Rubio’s stats in his third season with the first three seasons of some of...

  • Chart: Rubio's shooting in historical context

    Tuesday February 18, 2014

    by the numbers35.9Career field goal percentage for Ricky Rubio in 4,767 minutes.2Players in NBA history since 1966 who have logged...

  • MINNESOTA TOPICS: Ricky Rubio

    Find the latest news and information about Ricky Rubio.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio (9), of Spain, points up court in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

  • Ricky Rubio had 11 points, 12 assists and seven steals against Portland in the Wolves’ final game before the All-Star break. Being more of a threat to score would make him an even more effective passer.

  • timberwolves after the break

    Up next: 7 tonight vs. Indiana • Target Center • TV: FSN, ESPN (830-AM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn 109 FINAL
Boston 107
Cleveland 6:00 PM
Orlando
Indiana 6:30 PM
Detroit
Milwaukee 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Houston 7:00 PM
Memphis
San Antonio 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Charlotte 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City
LA Lakers 7:30 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8:00 PM
Denver
Philadelphia 9:00 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Illinois 18 FINAL 0:00
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 23 3rd Qtr 12:47
North Carolina 0
NC State 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
(15) Arizona State 12/27/14 1:10 PM
Duke
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
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: Who is your favorite pro sports coach in the Twin Cities?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close