MINNEAPOLIS Four inches and 82 pounds. That's a fair amount of height and a hearty dose of heft, and it's what the Timberwolves' starting backcourt was trying to make up for against Brooklyn Wednesday.
There's no way around it: Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio are small. They're slight. Putting in J.J. Barea doesn't help, either, except to lower the center of gravity and up the level of mayhem. Joe Johnson is tall, strong. Deron Williams is more compact, a la Barea, but tall enough not to be looked upon as a basketball munchkin. Oh, and he's a likely All-Star.
In the Timberwolves' 91-83 loss to the Nets, there was really no way to compensate for the mismatched guards. Minnesota tried putting Andrei Kirilenko and Mickael Gelabale on the Brooklyn backcourt at times, but that was hardly a solution, and so, perhaps out of desperation or because the whole thing was just too frustrating for anyone to think straight, Terry Porter made the most unorthodox of choices.
Rubio, perched at the s...