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Overall Grade: A
How could you not be thoroughly impressed with Ricky Rubio's return from a nine-month layoff? Even if he had been healthy, how could you not hand him an "A"?
After what he achieved in just 18 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks, I couldn't give him anything less.
Rubio finished the game with eight points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals in that time. That equates to averages of 16.0 points, 18.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 steals per 36 minutes.
Clearly, that's a stretch for what he would have done in that time, but why not offer up some praise?
The only thing that brings Rubio's grade down here is the fact that he struggled to gain the proper rise on his jump shot. That and his inability to remain in the proper position.
Other than that, an "A+" outing. Settle for an "A" as Rubio completes one of the best comeback performances you'll ever see.
In fact, Rubio put up an elite performance regardless of playing time or time missed. He just so happens to have done it in 18 minutes.
Exciting times are ahead in Minnesota.
Final Stat Line: 18 minutes, 8 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals