Ricky Rubio a great passer even while saving ball and not looking at his target (video)

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I wasn’t sure whether Ricky Rubio got an assist for this play, because Thaddeus Young dribbled a couple times and covered so much ground after receiving the pass/save.

But Rubio did, and by the NBA’s explanation of the stat – “an assist is awarded only if, in the judgement of the statistician, the last player’s pass contributed directly to a made basket” – it’s hard to picture a more-deserving assist.