Rubio won't start Wednesday's game against the Rockets.
Rubio was fully expected to draw the start as usual, but coach Tom Thibodeau opted to make a late change. With the playoffs out of reach, he's likely trying to get a better look at his younger point guard, which means Kris Dunn is going to enter the starting five. It's unclear if Rubio is going to be held out entirely or see limited minutes off the bench, but it'll be a situation to avoid for Wednesday's DFS slate.
Rubio finished with 14 points (4-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 100-98 loss to the Thunder.
Rubio was erratic from the field for the second game in a row, but thanks to his work at the charity stripe, he was able to reach double figures in the scoring column for the 10th time in 11 games after being held to two points in Sunday's loss to the Lakers. The point guard is also averaging 10.2 dimes during that 11-game stretch, making him a double-double threat just about every night. He'll have a good shot at reaching that benchmark again Wednesday against Houston, as the playoff-bound Rockets figure to rest or limit several key players.
Rubio provided two points (1-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals over 33 minutes in Sunday's 110-109 loss to the Lakers.
Rubio couldn't find the net in a matchup in which he'd previously thrived this season, turning in his second 10-percent shooting effort in six April contests. Rubio salvaged the outing with his sixth game with double-digit assists over the last eight, but his scoring total was his lowest since he went scoreless on Jan. 19. Given the overall improvement he's demonstrated this season, Rubio's unsightly shooting night is likely an outlier that he'll look to bounce back from in the last two games of the season.
Rubio posted 26 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 11-11 FT) with 12 assists and three rebounds in Friday's 120-113 loss against the Jazz.
Rubio is averaging 16.4 points, 10.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in five contests in April. The Spaniard's scoring production has increased gradually as the season has progressed, but his biggest fantasy contributions continue to come in the assists category.
Rubio supplied 19 points (8-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block over 39 minutes in Thursday's 105-98 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Rubio bounced back from three poor shooting nights to open the month, eclipsing the 40 percent mark from the field for the first time in four April contests. The 26-year-old guard has eight straight double-digit scoring efforts and has accomplished the feat in 17 of the last 18 contests overall. Rubio's assists have been down the last two games, but he'd dished out double-digit dimes in the four contests prior to that stretch, and he remains one of the elite ball distributors in the league.
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