Dec 15, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at the Target Center. The Wolves defeated the Mavericks 114-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Rubio Returns, Steals Our Hearts All Over Again

After suffering a torn ACL injury on March 9th, 2012 in a match-up against the Lakers, Ricky Rubio shut the door on the Timberwolves potential playoff berth. He also broke the collective hearts of NBA fans all over the world. Let’s not fight this. Anyone who loves basketball can’t get enough of Ricky Rubio. He’s unselfish, he’s effective, he’s a juggernaut floor leader and he does it all while thrilling your senses.

According to CBS Sports, this is what the passing aficionado had to say before the game:

“I’m excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best fans in the NBA at Target Center. After a long recovery, this is the first step in me getting back on the court and helping my teammates. Thank you to the fans for their support over the last nine months.”

In just 18 minutes of play, which is all he’s being allowed by Minnesota training staff, he racked up eight points, nine assists and three steals. The NBA was gracious enough to document all of his assists in a two minute video, including a stunning between-two-sets-of-legs pass to Greg Steimsma for the easy lay-in. Watch it here:

While Rubio may have missed the three-pointer that would have given the Wolves the win in regulation, his team picked up the slack in overtime and managed to win 114-106, sans Kevin Love who was fighting the flu and tending to a sprained right thumb. Minnesota may not have been pencilled in by the majority of fans to make the playoffs but with the return of Rubio, a sixth spot in the conference a four-game winning streak, they’re quickly becoming the NBA’s favourite pseudo-contender.

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