Rubio off to hot shot start

Ricky Rubio's ability to shoot was heavily criticized before joining the Timberwolves this season. However, after five games Rubio is already starting to quiet his critics. Head coach Rick Adelman says he's "impressed" with Rubio's shooting.
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Ricky Rubio's ability to shoot was heavily criticized before joining the Timberwolves this season. However, after five games Rubio is already starting to quiet his critics. Head coach Rick Adelman says he's "impressed" with Rubio's shooting.

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