MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves season has been marred by injury, but Ricky Rubio is looking like the player he was prior to suffering a torn ACL last season.
"I think he's playing with a lot more confidence," said Wolves coach Rick Adelman.
Rubio flirted with a quadruple-double on Sunday against Golden State. He finished with 16 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six steals in 39 minutes.
It's not a whole lot different from his game on Friday night against Oklahoma City. Rubio scored 13 points and added nine assists, five rebounds and five steals in 33 minutes.
In both games, Rubio's effort was as noticeable as his disgust for losing.
"The last couple of weeks, I think we have all tried to push ourselves to get more wins this season," said Derrick Williams. "And it comes from our leader. Ricky is our leader on the court right now and we're all feeding off of him."
Unfortunately for the Rubio and the Wolves, there were just too many missed games to find that consistency on the court.
"It's a different group than we had last year and I think he's trying to figure out how to go to different people," Adelman said. "I think that's going to come with time."
With a 20-33 record, the Wolves' aren't thinking playoffs, but it's clear, thanks in part to Rubio, they aren't thinking about the offseason either.
The Wolves are on the road in Phoenix on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.