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Ricky Rubio comes out of the tunnel

andrea montolivo

Chicago (USA), 13 Jan. After a 380-day wait and a long rehabilitation process after his cross injury, the Spanish Ricky Rubio returned to compete in the NBA on Thursday and did so with ten minutes of quality and nine points in the game won by his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in the field of the Portland Trail Blazers (119-113).

The 32-year-old point guard from El Masnou came out of a tunnel he entered on December 28, 2021, when he was injured in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans, and his teammates dedicated special shirts to him this Thursday with the motto : “Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.”

It was necessary to wait more than a year to complete the rehabilitation. Rubio worked with commitment, without haste, and jumped onto the track with 3:38 minutes to go before the end of the first period, ready to compete again.

He carried the ball with ease, without fear of contacts. He was the protagonist with good tackles and moved the rival defense with his usual elegance, in addition to connecting two consecutive triples in the third period that boosted the confidence of the Cavaliers.

He touched five minutes on the track in the third quarter, while he played 3.38 in the first and just under two minutes in the second, without competing in the fourth period.

His game ended with nine points, three rebounds and one assist and he watched from the bench as his team overcame the 50 points of a stellar Damian Lillard and sealed a great victory on the road, the ninth of 21 this year away from Cleveland.

Rubio had a +6 ‘plus-minus’ when he was on court and joins some Cavaliers that occupy the fourth position in the Eastern Conference (27-16), behind the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics, leaders .

RECOVERY, STEP BY STEP

It was the fourth period of a game between the Cavaliers and the Pelicans on Dec. 28, 2021, and Rubio had 27 points when a sprained left knee tore his cruciate ligament.

The man from El Masnou underwent an MRI shortly after that confirmed the worst feelings and certified the end of his 2021-2022 season.

The point guard had been playing possibly the best basketball of his career and in November of that year he had signed 37 points at Madison Square Garden in New York against the New York Knicks.

He then began a long recovery phase with a gradual return to individual training, until, on December 8, the Cavaliers medical staff gave him the go-ahead to return to five-on-five training.

On December 17, Rubio shared the emoticon of an hourglass on his social networks and coach JB Bickerstaff set his return to the track for “early January”.

On the 31st of last month, in the run-up to the Cavaliers’ visit to the Chicago Bulls, Rubio trained with high intensity for more than half an hour on the United Center court and assured in a conversation with EFE that his return was already “very close.” “.

This Wednesday, Rubio published the emoticon of an hourglass for the second time. This time to indicate that the wait was over.

The ordeal ended definitively this Thursday at the Moda Center in Portland.

Neither Rubio nor the Cavs want to take any risk and their minutes on court will be managed with the utmost care, but after more than a year of waiting, the point guard has already taken the most important step. EFE

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