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Don't Sleep on Ricky Rubio's Passing

A lot of things can be taken out of the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-115 overtime victory in Wednesday’s season opener against the Orlando Magic.

A good thing is that Kevin Love is still a beast going for 31 points and 17 rebounds. A not so good thing is the fact the Timberwolves once had a 17 point lead in the first half and should have never been going to overtime in the first place, but that’s not what impressed me the most.

Ricky Rubio. Despite being only one of two Wolves players who finished with a plus-minus in the minus section with a -1 on the night.

Not having seen Ricky Rubio play in six and a half months, I was yet again amazed by the precision passing the Spanish sensation brings to the basketball court. His passing talents are obviously not a new found thing to Timberwolves fans, but worth a reminder.

Rubio threads the needle like a professional seamstress, but we are so accustomed to it we don’t even notice. His extraordinary passing has become ordinary.

Wednesday marked Rubio’s 26h career double-double notching 13 points and 11 assists, some of which came off of very pretty passing.

It’s only the first game of the season, against a team that the Wolves frankly should have handled a lot better. At least, they should have if they are the playoff-caliber team we think they can be.

There’s a lot to take on both the positives and the negatives, but when you’re watching the Wolves take on the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant, who put up 42 points against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and went 22-for-24 from the free throw line, pay special attention to Ricky Rubio’s passing.

That’s my assist from me to you.

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