Wolves At FIBA World Cup: Wednesday Wrap-Up
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 Wednesday’s action.
Dieng Is Finally Stopped (Twice)
After a hot start to the FIBA Tournament, center Gorgui Dieng cooled off a bit as Senegal fell to Argentina 81-46 on Wednesday. Dieng finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, both marks led the team. He did commit five turnovers, though. He finished shooting 4-of-12 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.
He added this block which led to two points for Senegal. He won the "Block of the Game". We assume he'll be getting his trophy soon.
Dieng’s squad played again early on Thursday morning and fell 81-79 to Philippines. Dieng played a game-high 44 minutes and had 13 points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds. He added five assists, four steals and three blocks. He led the team with an efficiency mark of 26.
In five games, Dieng is averaging 18 points (8th overall) to go with 11.4 rebounds (2nd).
Dieng will matchup against Spain in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
Barea Has Big Fourth Quarter To Lead Puerto Rico
Guard JJ. Barea had 10 points in the final four minutes to lead Puerto Rico to a 77-73 win over Philippines. Barea finished with a game-high 30 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and a steal. He shot 8-of-15 from the field, 3-of-7 from the 3-point line and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.
In four games in the tournament, Barea is averaging 22.5 points (2nd) and 3.8 asissts (18th) per game. Puerto Rico will next play today against Croatia.
Rubio’s Spain Squad Crushes France
Spain remains undefeated after defeating France 88-64 on Wednesday.
Guard Ricky Rubio played 17 points and finished with four points, five assists, four rebounds and a team-high three steals. He shot 2-of-4 from the field.
Rubio is now averaging 3.8 points, 5.8 assists (2nd), 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals (2nd) per game.
Spain plays Serbia later today.