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Ricky Rubio and Alexey Shved will represent the Timberwolves in the Rising Stars Challenge. Here's everything else you need to know about Friday night's matchup.
Ricky Rubio is starting to hit his stride after returning from his ACL injury, just in time to show off his skills at the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Rubio posted five double-doubles in his last six games. Can he pull off those kind of numbers this weekend?
Alexey Shved will also be on hand to represent the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Rookie-Sophomore competition will feature 20 of the game's top young stars in Houston. Rubio played in last year's game, scoring 12 points and dishing out seven assists for the rookie team.
Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley will coach the two sides. The two had the chance to draft their own team from a pool of players selected by NBA assistant coaches. Rubio was taken at No. 10 overall by Barkley.
Here's what you need to know about the Rising Stars Challenge.
Time: Coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on Feb 15.
Where to watch: TNT
Participants: Damian Lillard was the No. 1 overall pick by Shaq, which turned a few heads. Of course, Chuck passed up on Kyrie Irving to take Anthony Davis at No. 2, so there were surprises all around.
Shaq's team will feature Lillard, Irving, Andrew Nicholson (replacing Andre Drummond), Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Chandler Parsons, Dion Waiters, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Tyler Zeller and Kemba Walker.