The New York Knicks had trouble defending a young point guard in their last game.
Now they'll be up against a passing wizard.
Ricky Rubio has totaled 25 assists in his last two games for the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves heading into Friday night's home matchup with the Knicks.
New York (31-16) had a five-game win streak snapped with Wednesday's 106-96 loss at Washington. The Knicks had trouble defending John Wall on the pick-and-roll, with the Wizards guard finishing with 21 points and nine assists.
"It all works hand in hand," coach Mike Woodson said. "Perimeter guys have to do their job, our bigs have to do their job. That's how you become a good defensive team and you win."
The Knicks now seek a split of this two-game trip and fourth straight win over Minnesota (18-28), which has numerous injured players unavailable in Kevin Love (hand), Chase Budinger (knee) and Brandon Roy (knee).
Rubio is not among them. The flashy second-year Spanish guard is not the scorer that ...