Frustrated Ricky Rubio doesn’t want Timberwolves to ‘trust the process’ like the Sixers did
With a 118-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, the Minnesota Timberwolves dropped their eighth straight game and fourth consecutive under new head coach Chris Finch. The Timberwolves fell to 7-28 for the season, the worst record in the NBA.
The team will play one more game against the Charlotte Hornets this week, then will have some time off as the league heads to its All-Star break. For point guard Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves could use the break given their struggles.
Speaking after the loss to the Suns, Rubio didn’t hide his frustration and said that he didn’t believe that bottoming out is the right way for the team to return to playoff contention.
“There is some evidence it may work like what happened with Philadelphia, I guess,” Rubio said, according to Chris Hine of Star Tribune. ‘Trust the process’ when they went like two, three years, really bad and then they started winning. I kind of don’t believe in that kind of system. We have to build good habits from Day One and I don’t think we are in the right way to be honest.”
Regarding the need to develop better habits, Rubio referred to Suns guard Devin Booker’s 43-point performance in their loss on Sunday, with the guard scoring on the same play that Phoenix was calling. The 30-year-old guard added that his teammates and himself need to learn from their mistakes and hoped that they can address their issues in the next few days.
Even though making the playoffs is already a longshot, Rubio and the Timberwolves can still spend the rest of the season learning and building better habits that they can use to improve.