Rubio was scoreless (0-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT) over 27 minutes in Friday's 114-108 win over the Pelicans but did haul in seven rebounds, dish out four assists and record a block.
Despite coming up empty in the scoring column for the first time this season, Rubio salvaged his night to an extent with his best rebound total since Nov. 11, as well as a quartet of dimes. His offensive production is subject to the occasional unexpected downturn, but the 27-year-old is boasting career highs in field goals (4.0), shot attempts (10.4) and points (12.5) over his first 22 games in a Jazz uniform.
Rubio supplied 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Tuesday's 106-77 win over the Nuggets.
The 27-year-old point guard has now posted four consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, a feat he's accomplished on the strength of 51.4 percent shooting (18-for-35) during that stretch. Rubio has multiple three-pointers in three of those contests as well, and his uptick in scoring has helped offset a slight drop in his typically strong assist numbers. Factoring in Tuesday's line, Rubio is averaging a modest 3.8 dimes in 13 November contests, a steep decline from the 7.3 he averaged over the first seven games of the season in October.
Rubio finished with just nine points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes during Saturday's 125-85 victory over Orlando.
Rubio returned from a one-game absence due to a minor Achilles issue, and played just 16 minutes. This was due in part to the nature of the scoreline, and is probably not the best gauge of his health for owners. He has not been shooting the ball well over the last two weeks, and this continued against the Magic. Owners will be hoping he can turn it around when the Jazz face the surging Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
Rubio (Achilles) has been cleared to play during Saturday's game against the Magic and will draw the start at point guard, but carry a 25-minute restriction, Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Rubio missed the first end of a back-to-back set Friday against the Nets while nursing a sore Achilles. He's apparently feeling better, however, and will resume his normal role Saturday against the Magic, albeit with a minutes restriction. As a result of his return, Raul Neto is the candidate most likely to see his minutes decrease.
Rubio (Achilles) is probable for Saturday's tilt against the Magic, Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Rubio missed Friday's game against the Nets due to Achilles soreness, though that has seemingly subsided significantly. More word on his status should arrive closer to tipoff. But, if he's able to play, it would likely mean fewer minutes for Raul Neto. Rubio has struggled over his past five outings, posting just 8.2 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.
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