Ricky Rubio gets 15 stitches in his upper lip, takes out a chair
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Rubio came away from the Minnesota Timberwolves' 24-point defeat of Atlanta on Wednesday with the battle wound to show for it.
Rubio required 15 stitches above his upper lip after colliding with Atlanta's Mike Scott on a play that was called a blocking foul on the Wolves' point guard, much to the dismay of an irate Rubio and coach Rick Adelman.
The hit and the resulting call left Rubio fuming. As he walked to the locker room with his lip already swollen and bloody, Rubio let out his frustrations on an unsuspecting folding chair.
"I was upset about the call, but I was in so much pain I had to kick something before I punched somebody," Rubio said afterward, wincing every time he smiled or laughed.
When he finally returned, freshly stitched up, in the latter half of the second quarter, Rubio seemed to have a bit extra fire in his game. He went on to finish with 10 assists and six steals, as the Wolves eventually put the Hawks away in convincing fashion.
The gash in his lip might put a slight damper on the mustache-growing contest he and Kevin Love discussed starting before the game. Even with the stitches, Rubio's confidence in his facial hair prowess was still intact.
"I think I'm going to win," he said, again cringing as he tried to hold back a grin.
On the other hand, Love is now feeling pretty good about his chances against Rubio.
"He's going to be follically challenged here for a while," Love joked. "Hopefully that will heal up quick for him. He won't have to wear a mask or anything, but he's just not going to be as pretty as usually is, I guess."