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In their first head-to-head matchup of the season, Love pounced on a road-weary Aldridge and grabbed Round 1. Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to outshine Aldridge in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 120-109 victory over Portland on Wednesday night. "Awesome," Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio said. "There's no words to describe. He's doing a great job leading this team in scoring, rebounding, even assisting. He's taking my job." ESPN.com

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Journalists from San Antonio apparently found out that the game was postponed via Twitter. There was allegedly no announcement from any NBA spokesman or arena announcers that the game was off. Jeff McDonald from the San Antonio Evening News reported that the smoke could have contained traces of cynide and arsenic. He was unable to get confirmation on that though. The players were just as baffled as to what was going on with Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio among others, completely clueless. "They just told us to leave," said the Spanish international in his native language. TalkBasket

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Now Rubio is back, all the way back. The doubts and fears certainly still creep into his thoughts now and then, but the magical point guard has figured out how to at least make the emotional scars disappear. “It’s a big injury and you always think about it even if you don’t want to. I think I have to forget it already and just feel confident out there playing hard, going and running 100 percent. So I feel good,” Rubio said after scoring 12 points with seven assists in a desperately needed road win. NBA.com

Coach Rick Adelman continues to preach patience, a quality that can unfairly be in short supply when Rubio’s young career is not looked through the proper lens of his early misfortune. “He’s still playing as hard as he did before [the injury], he competes all the time, so I think that’s passed,” Adelman said of Rubio playing through mental barriers of the recovery process as he did for most of last season. “It’s just he needs experience. He’s a young player. He’s only played, combine both years, maybe one season — and half of that he was hurt. So he’s just very young.” NBA.com

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Rubio played seven minutes in the first quarter after picking up two quick fouls and another 15 seconds in the second quarter after he got his third foul. “I think it affect me in a bad way,” said Rubio, who finished with just 10 points and two assists. “It can’t happen again. It got me frustrated, but it’s something I have to get through. It [playing time] is coach’s decision. I think J.J. was doing a great job. It’s something I have to accept. I have to improve, and I have to be better next time.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Q: Can Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio lead the Wolves to the playoffs? George Karl: They’re one of the more interesting teams this year. I love how Coach Adelman gets his team to play as a team. Their offensive efficiency will be good. I know that because that’s what he’s done everywhere he has been. The question to me is defense. Will the defense get to the point where they can win games? I don’t think they’re going to become the Chicago Bulls, but they have to have more of a defensive dimension and attitude so when they’re not making shots, they go out and get dirty and tough-minded and win a game by making stops … I think they can make the playoffs at 45, 50 wins. I think they’re talented enough to do that. But it is going to be an incredible fight for those last couple of spots in the Western Conference. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Their friendship is being forged on the court, in the locker room and across restaurant tables rather than each other’s homes because Love calls himself a “recluse” and “homebody” who prefers to take a nap, read a book or watch a movie rather than socialize, even though veteran J.J. Barea says Love is making a noticeable effort to become a “better teammate” this season by being more vocal and engaged. “Not each other’s places, because nobody cooks,” Rubio said, smiling. “That would be hard, so we go out for dinner and spend some time with each other.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The rest: Rubio and Barea combined to shoot 2-for-17. Add Shved’s 0-for-4 night and the three made two of 21 shots. “Awful, our guards went 3-for-whatever it was,” Adelman said, adding training-camp invitee Othyus Jeffers’ 1-for-1 night. “They’ve got to come in and they’ve got to make plays. It’s not just the guards. The shooting problems carry right to the same thing: What’s your mental attitude? How are you approaching the game? Are you really doing this thing all out or are you going through the motions? “I know it’s the exhibition season, but we’re trying to get better and we really can’t get better if we don’t go out with better effort than we’ve shown.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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What was the best move by Minnesota this summer? Ricky Rubio: There's been a lot of good moves, but (Nikola) Pekovic was a very important piece for us. (Chase) Budinger is a key player for us. Kevin Martin will give us extra scoring punch. He's been with coach (Rick Adelman) for several seasons scoring 20-plus points, which means his system works for him. What about Corey Brewer? RR: I like that one too. (Andrei) Kirilenko was taking this team to another level defensively and with him leaving, it's good to have Corey Brewer, who can also give us that. HoopsHype

It's playoffs or bust? Ricky Rubio: Too early to say if the playoffs are the goal. Let's see how things go in training camp and how the new pieces fit in. Then we'll see how things evolve during the season, it's too early to talk about playoffs. But the nucleus of the team is very promising, right? RR: It is. We really want to make it and we will be ambitious, but let's go step by step and let's not set a big goal right now. Is life good for you off the court in Minneapolis? RR: I feel at ease there. People is very kind and very welcoming on and off the court. It's a quiet city and I feel very well there. HoopsHype

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