Ricky’s big night; Wolves win 107-83

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 12: Cory Joseph #5 of the San Antonio Spurs and Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves wait to resume play action during their game on March 12, 2013 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ricky Rubio posts his first carrer triple double over the Spurs

Two Positives:

Jonah: Well, this sure came out of left field. Ricky Rubio’s first career triple double isn’t what I’m talking about either. How about the day that I write about the Wolves on the brink of getting Chase Budinger back from injury and noting how bad they’ve been at 3-point shooting this year — it’s historically bad — the Wolves go 12-20 from deep. It’s their second most makes from 3-point land this season and comes on a good night against a truly formidable foe in the Spurs. Really impressive to see what this team can look like when shots actually fall. We swear we’re really not that bad!

Tom: The above being said, Ricky Rubio’s first career triple double counts as a pretty major positive as well. Scoring double-figures in points isn’t uncommon at all for someone who handles the ball as much as an NBA point guard, so for Rubio, who is a decent rebounder and an assist machine, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this is the first of many.

Negatives:

Jonah: Dante Cunningham was forced to chuck up mid-range jumpers again tonight and paid the price only hitting 4-11. It’s so chillingly painful to watch him heave jump shots anymore. Literally makes me sick to my stomach knowing that that’s one of the only plays the Wolves have to run with such a depleted talent pool. Still, I’d like to see Cunningham develop some type of pump fake so he can take one hard dribble out of that 18-footer and step into a 15-footer instead.

Tom: Correct me if I’m wrong, but in a rare Wolves win, the “Negatives” section is where I can safely be a party pooper without getting yelled at, right? Because, while the Spurs are a very, very good team and certainly a championship contender, that particular incarnation of the Spurs isn’t really either of those things. Without Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan, the Spurs are a very mediocre team, and when Manu Ginobili plays just 22 minutes (and has a rare 2-10 performance), it’s even stranger. The Wolves played well, but the final score might be a bit deceiving.

Two Observations

Jonah: Now it’s one thing to say you tallied a win over the Spurs with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard in the lineup and then another to beat them without those three. The Wolves certainly beat up on the Spurs tonight but who’s to say they’re any better than a D-1 college basketball team with that current roster?

Tom: OK CHRIS JOHNSON, WE SEE YOU.

Next up: Wolves pack up and go to Indiana for a game tomorrow night, 7 pm.