Box Score Bits for January 10 – Bulls/Timberwolves
January 10, 2012
Derrick Rose (31 pts, 11 ast, 4 3PM, 2 blk) — While it’s hard to distinguish one excellent Derrick Rose performance from the next, tonight he came up big in a closer than expected contest with the Wolves. His 31 points were a season high and his 4 three-pointers equaled his performance on Christmas day against the Lakers. He shot better than 50% from the field (12-22), added 11 assists, and logged 42 minutes of game action, but this is what we’ve come to expect from the reigning MVP.
Ricky Rubio (13 pts, 12 ast, 4 stl, 36 min) — Rubio continues to log heavy minutes (36 was a career high) and to do an excellent job feeding his teammates. He’s now recorded double digit assists in three of his last five contests, averaging 9.4 APG and a 2.5 A/TO over that span. He’s been a selective shooter thus far, shooting 50% or better from the field in seven of his first 10 contests. While the 4 steals were another career high he’s been a consistent producer in the category all year and has 12 in his last five games.
Luke Ridnour (22 pts, 3 3PM, 3 stl, 8-11 FG) — Ridnour and Rubio are coexisting nicely in the Minny backcourt, while for now J.J. Barea seems to be the odd man out (just 18 minutes tonight, 0 assists, and a team-worst -15 plus/minus). Ridnour, who’s been scoring steadily in the low teens, poured in an incredibly efficient 22 tonight, going 8-11 from the field while knocking down all three three-pointers and all three free throws. He added 3 steals and now has at least one steal in nine of the Wolves’ first 10 games. Surprisingly his ownership percentage stands at just 17% in ESPN leagues.
Anthony Randolph (18 pts, 2 reb, stl, blk, 29 min) — A playing time beneficiary of Michael Beasley’s absence, the enigmatic Randolph posted season highs in points and minutes tonight. His rebound total was quite low given his skill set and playing time, but he was sharing the court with Kevin Love (13 boards) for much of the night and no Timberwolf grabbed more than 4. After being acquired by Minnesota in February last year, Randolph produced when given the opportunity, going for 19+ points on seven occasions in March and April, including four of the T-wolves’ final five games.