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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.”

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