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Wolves At FIBA World Cup: Sunday Wrap-Up

by Kyle Ratke

Web Editor


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 Sunday's action.

Dieng Leads Senegal To First Win 

Senegal had an impressive win over J.J. Barea’s Puerto Rico squad on Sunday afternoon. Senegal was led by Wolves center Gorgui Dieng who finished with 18 points and a team-high 13 boards. He also added two blocks and a steal. He  was pretty efficient from the field, shooting 7-of-12. He was 4-of-8 from the free-throw line.

So far in the tournament, Dieng is second among centers, averaging 22 points. He’s also grabbing 11.7 rebounds per game.

Barea finished with 14 points, five rebounds, four  assists and a steal. He struggled shooting, going 4-of-12 from the field and 1-of-7 from the 3-point line. He did hit all four free-throws, though.

Barea is averaging 19.5 points, four assists and 3.5 rebounds in two games.

Senegal will play Croatia on Monday, while Puerto Rico will face off against Greece.

Rubio Stays Efficient 

Spain dominated Egypt, 91-54 on Sunday evening. Rubio finished with five points, a team-high seven assists, four rebounds and a steal. Impressiviely, he led his team with a +44 while on the court. He shot 1-of-4 from the field and after struggling from the free-throw line on Saturday, Rubio bounched back going 4-of-4 from charity stripe.

Rubio is averaging 4.5 points, seven rebounds and six assists in two games.

Rubio and his Spain club plays Brazil later on Sunday.