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Rubio fires bounce pass through defender’s legs for the assist (VIDEO)

Dec 16, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

Ricky Rubio was stellar in his return to the Timberwolves lineup on Saturday, and plays like this were a big reason why.

It wasn’t so much the statistical impact that Rubio had in his team’s overtime win over the Mavericks, though he did finish with nine assists in only 18 minutes of action.

It was the crisp passing and the flair he has for playing the game from the point guard position that truly makes him special to watch.

This assist to Greg Stiemsma early in the second quarter exemplifies that.

Rubio receives the ball at the top of the three-point arc, and initiates the dribble-drive after a brief shot fake. Once he gets near the baseline, the pass he makes is so unbelievable that it was almost hard to see on the very first viewing.

The replay shows that the ball was bounced with precision through the legs of Elton Brand, and right into Stiemsma’s capable hands.

Amazing vision from Rubio there, and equally impressive was that this occurred in his first few minutes of NBA action in over nine months.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Unrelated, but this gives me great hope for Derrick Rose’s recovery. #theReturn

  2. diehardcubbiefan4life - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    But man, this guy is gonna be great for years to come. His passing creativity is unbelievable. Even though I’m not a TWolves fan this guy is just great to watch. Hope your healthy and dropping dimes for the rest of your long career, Ricky

  3. tomasekradek - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    “The replay shows that the ball was bounced with precision through the legs of Elton Brand…”
    watch again between whos legs ball goes ;)

  4. slimmcfavorite - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Looks like he passed it through his own legs, not Elton Brand’s.

  5. nbascreed - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    One thing was abundantly clear yesterday. Rubio bring excitement, buzz and the must see quality we haven’t had since KG. Nothing against Love but Rubio really is the show hear and as much as Love does work (no one disputes this) he should realize that this is first and foremost ENTERTAINMENT, which Ricardo provides in abundance.

    Rubio is appointment viewing and as time goes on he will also be the draw on the road.

    ktgotgame.com

  6. brewdogg - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Not just between Brand’s legs, but between his own legs, as well. And he does it without tipping what he’s doing. All eyes were following him as he appeared to be pulling the ball back to reset, and then the ball was in the hoop, and very few knew how. Fantastic. He makes everyone on the floor with him look and play better.

    • zerole00 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      It’s so quick I’m still having trouble seeing it in the video, I can see it go through his own legs but not the defender’s.

      • grwm - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        That’s because he didn’t. Why would this author suggest he did, when clearly the pass went in front of Brand’s legs? The pass is great enough without creating a fake scenario.

  7. rj2323 - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I’m wet…….

  8. slimmcfavorite - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    He passed it through his own legs, not through Elton Brand’s.

  9. nicosamuelson2 - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    It’d be nice if the videos were viewable from the iPhone Ap. I love Rubio. Now I gotta walk all the way over to the other side of the room to get my laptop. *sigh*

    • unitedwerun - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Ouuuch…your fault for buying an iPhone!

  10. jonrox - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    That didn’t go through Brand’s legs. You can easily freeze the frame with the ball behind Brand’s left knee

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