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Wolves At FIBA World Cup: Monday Wrap-Up

by Kyle Ratke

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have three players on their roster (Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Gorgui Dieng) playing in the FIBA World Cup. As the tournament moves along, we’ll provide you with updates on how the players and their respective teams do. Today, we'll recap Monday’s action.

Dieng Continues To Shine 

Gorgui Dieng has continued to stay hot, and in related news, so has Senegal. Senegal won its second straight game after defeating Croatia 77-75 on Monday. Dieng led the squad with 27 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. He shot 8-of-14 from the field and an impressive 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.

And he made this SICK step-back shot. The big man has some touch, folks.

The Minnesota Timberwolves currently have three players on their roster (Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Gorgui Dieng) playing in the FIBA World Cup. As the tournament moves along, we’ll provide you with updates on how the players and their respective teams do. Today, we'll recap Monday’s action.

Dieng is averaging 22 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in three contests. Both marks rank second among players in the tournament. Senegal next plays Argentina on Wednesday.
Spain Dominates
Spain, a team predicted to advance to the Gold Medal game with the USA, continued to dominate yesterday. It took down Brazil 82-63. Point guard Ricky Rubio played 22 minutes and finished with two points, a team-high six assists, two rebounds and a steal. He was 0-of-3 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. In three games, Rubio is averaging 3.7 points, six assists (3rd) and 5.3 rebounds per game. Rubio and Spain next play France on Wednesday.
Barea Gets Buckets
J.J. Barea’s Puerto Rico squad fell to Greece 90-79 on Monday, but Barea had himself a pretty decent game. Barea had 21 points, a team-high five assists to go with four rebounds. He shot 6-of-15 from the field – not overly impressive. He made up for that going 4-of-9 from the 3-point line and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
He also made this nice pass. Was it the game’s best assist? I’m not sure – but that coach seems to think so.

In three games, Barea is averaging 20 points (6th), 4.3 assists (13th) and 3.7 rebounds per game. Puerto Rico next plays the Philippines on Wednesday.