Tuesday, July 27

Rubio and Juancho achieve victory in Minnesota


Ricky Rubio at the Timberwolves game.
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Day of contrasts the one that had to live on Sunday to the Spanish players of the NBA with the base Ricky Rubio and the brothers Juancho and Willy Hernangómez of winners, while the pivot Serge Ibaka had to be removed due to lower back discomfort.

Rubio continued to start and helped the Minnesota Timberwolves win 114-112 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Spanish international base, although he did not have his best inspiration in the field kicks, he was a winning factor by scoring 15 points and be the second top scorer for the Minnesota team, which finished the game with six players hitting double-digit numbers.

Rubio, who played 30 minutes as a starter, scored 3 of 10 shots from the field, including a five-shot triple, but he was perfect (8-8) from the personnel line.

The El Masnou player also had a leading role in the paint with five rebounds – all defensive -, gave seven assists, lost a ball and committed three personal fouls.

While his compatriot Juancho Hernangómez did not have brilliant individual numbers, but he did a good teamwork that also helped the Timberwolves win.

The youngest of the Hernangómez brothers finished with five points scored after hitting 2 of 6 field goals. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts and hit 1-1 from the personnel line.

The Spanish international player, who played 23 minutes as a reserve, captured four rebounds, gave an assist and committed two personal fouls.

His brother Willy could also enjoy the victory although his participation with the New Orleans Pelicans it was limited to four minutes in the game they beat the Los Angeles Clippers 135-115, with whom Ibaka started, without being able to finish the game due to injury.

The older of the Hernangómez brothers played just four minutes, given to him by Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy, and contributed a defensive rebound, after missing both field goals he made, including a triple, which left him scoreless. .

The same production that had Ibaka with the Clippers in the eight minutes he played before retiring to the locker room in the first half with back discomfort, without returning to the field for the rest of the game.

Ibaka was forced out of the game to receive treatment, without the physical caretakers of the Los Angeles team being able to recover it and it was discarded for the second half.

Ibaka was diagnosed with low back tightness and it remains to be determined if the discomfort could force him to miss a game, including the one they are scheduled to play tomorrow, Monday, on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, who will be in full with the Slovenian point guard. Luka Doncic and Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis.


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