MINNEAPOLIS Saturday night, Ricky Rubio decided to score.
And score, and score. To the tune of 23 points, a career high.
Ricky Rubio decided to score, and so Luke Ridnour adjusted, facilitating rather than scoring himself and picking up the slack where it was left. So he continued to adjust, just as he's been doing since Dec. 15, the day the Spanish point guard made his heralded post-ACL debut.
Really, though, that December night marked nothing new; Ridnour has been adjusting for far longer, ever since those cheers for Ricky, Ricky, Ricky got so stifling last January and the rookie was eventually inserted into the Timberwolves' starting lineup.
Many assumed the move would be at the expense of Ridnour's starting job. Many were wrong. The dawn of the Rubio era did not relegate Ridnour to the bench. It gave him an even tougher task, shoving him not out of the starting lineup, but rather into a spot that didn't quite fit
Rick Adelman has never started a player of Ridnour's size at shoo...