Ricky Rubio explodes in a basketball temple



With the Spanish basketball throne vacant after the retirement of Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio last night opposed the succession with an authentic exhibition in one of the temples of the NBA, el Madison Square Garden, ante los New York Knicks.

In the game that ended with the 109-126 victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers on the premises and despite starting once more from the bench, the Catalan point guard achieved his best scoring data in his eleven seasons in the best league in the world. He reached 37 points (13 of 19 shots from the field, 8 of 9 triples, and 3 of 3 from the personnel line). A figure to which he also added a dozen assists and three defensive rebounds during the 31 minutes he was on the court.

With an unusual confidence from the line of three, the Spanish nailed 8 3-pointers of 9 attempts, even scoring several lopsided shots. None of the defenders placed by the rival coach, Tom Thibodeau, could stop a Rubio in a state of grace and who was backed in attack by rookie Evan Mobley, with 26 points and 9 rebounds.

The previous scoring mark of the Spanish international dated from 2018, in a game against the San Antonio Spurs when he was wearing the Utah Jazz jersey.

After the game, Rubio downplayed his personal statistics and wanted to frame his great performance in that of the entire team: “It’s about improving a little more every day and looking for the maximum performance that all players can contribute to the team.”

“It has been a process in many ways, both physical and mental. During my career there have been many ups and downs. I arrived with great confidence, I broke my knee the first year, the fourth year I had an ankle operation, then personal problems … there comes a time when your head gives you a lot to think about. You are 20 years old and basketball is everything and the years go by and you see that there is more there. And there comes a time when I personally find that I am maturing, that I see that it is not the end of the world to lose a game or the ecstasy to win one. You have to take advantage of emotions but you have to control them. The passage through Utah was very important in my evolution and also the summer of 2019, which was to consolidate myself as a great star of the national team. It has been a longer process than what people expected, but in the end everyone has their way. And each one has to learn that he does not have to depend on what the others say “, reflected Rubio already in the press room.

The Cavaliers are one of the most pleasant surprises of the season, ranking sixth in the East (7-4), just one ahead of the Knicks (6-4), who had Julius Randle as the leading scorer with 19 points. .

The great performance of Ricky Rubio had its echo among some of the biggest stars in the NBA, like former Cleveland player, now Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James. “Rubio going crazy in the Garden right now,” he exclaimed via social media.

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