MINNEAPOLIS Ricky Rubio dove. Ricky Rubio dove and drew a foul with less than two minutes left in regulation, and the Target Center held its breath.
It's been nine months since the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard fell, nine months since he tore his ACL, and one would prefer he not dive, not yet. One would prefer it, but that's not his game. Not even close. The chance was there, so Rubio went for it, for the ball and for anything that would edge his team closer to the win, drawing the foul that knocked out Derek Fisher and turning the tide of the game in the process.
And Ricky Rubio, he of eight points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes, would like the world to know: He is not fragile.
He's strong enough to dive, strong enough to spark his team to its 114-106 overtime win, strong enough for anything, it seemed, Saturday night against the Mavericks.
"The knee, I feel great," he said after the game. "Like I told everyone, I'm only going to come back whe...