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Ricky Rubio Is Being Treated Too Rough, Timberwolves Say

Ricky Rubio is struggling lately, as anyone that has recently watched a Minnesota Timberwolves game would know. It seems it might not be the Spanish rookie's fault, however, as the Wolves apparently have proof that other teams have been a little more physical than allowed as of late.

The Wolves sent a video into the league on Tuesday, according to a report in the Star Tribune, apparently showing the instances where teams have defended Rubio "overly physical."

Or, as head coach Rick Adelman is quoted as saying: "Theyr'e beating the hell out of him right now."

"All our young guys are learning that, Ricky especially," coach Rick Adelman said about opposing defenses adjusting to stop the Wolves' offense. "They're putting bigger guys on him...They're beating the hell out of him right now. The league has figured out you have to be physical with him. And he's kind of learning on the fly.''

When asked how physical teams are being with him, Rubio chuckled and said, "Tough enough. I mean, it's close to end of the season, everybody wants to get a spot in the playoff and everybody start to play more physically. You know, it is what it is. We just have to play at the same level or even harder."

There hasn't seem to be anything overly egregious, but this video will likely cause officials to pay closer attention when Rubio is wheeling and dealing.

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