A beastly Sabonis spoils Ricky Rubio's best night

The Spaniard continues to go further after his bad start but the Wolves lose in overtime against the Pacers of a huge Sabonis (36 + 17 + 10).

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When no, no. And for the Wolves (and it is not a strange feeling precisely for the Minneapolis franchise) this season almost everything is that it does not. The worst team in the NBA (7-22) now and with options that its first-round pick will go, unless it is top 4, to some Warriors who rub their hands. Things about the transfer of D'Angelo Russell, now injured. With the new lottery system, it will be almost like a coin toss for the Wolves, who would then receive another tremendous blow.

But there is much left for that. For now, the best thing is that the team has at least competed since the return of Karl-Anthony Towns. Against the Pacers (who played their second overtime in a row) they should (or rather could) win but lost (128-134). They had ten points of advantage in the last quarter (98-88) and, after some tremendous wiggles on the scoreboard, five in the last minute (121-116). Then Jeremy Lamb made a triple (121-119), Ricky Rubio missed, Domantas Sabonis made two free throws (121-121) and Anthony Edwards' final triple went off the rim in an incredible way. Yes: when is it not…

The number 1 of the last draft came packed after a very good streak culminating with his 28 points against LeBron James and his Lakers. This time he touched sand (8 points, 3/15 shooting), but his teammates trusted the victory on an individual play from the shooting guard, a vote of confidence even on a bad day. Until then, the pick and roll between Ricky and Towns with Malik Beasley waiting for his corner shots had been much more effective. But when is that not ... Towns finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds but acknowledged that the wrist injury does not stop bothering him. Beasley scored 31 points but was late to the shooting session before the game and was a substitute ... And Ricky played a very good game again, signed his best numbers of the course (20 points, 13 assists) and showed that he is going to more and that he becomes Ricky after his unrecognizable start to the season. All this is happening (also the visible growth of Edwards) without the injured Russell on the track, of course ...

Nate Bjorkgren's Pacers will be very competitive in the East if they ever have their dream team in formation. For now they survive (15-14), which is not little. They are still without TJ Warren and without Caris LeVert. Without a lot of points. But they have the intimidation of Myles Turner (4 blocks), the points of McDermott or Lamb (better the second this time, 8 for 18), the work of the Holiday brothers and two players at all-star level (the first will be safe, the second is more difficult): Domantas Sabonis (36 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists) and Malcolm Brogdon (32 + 9 + 7, 6/7 in triples). The production (already historic leader in triple-doubles for the Pacers: seven) of the first, with cold blood on the personnel line, and the triples of the second (two decisive in overtime) ensured the victory for the Pacers. And another loss for the Wolves ...



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