Matthews has 78 points in three games against the Wolves this season. He hurt his right ankle on Friday at Utah and was still too sore to play in the rematch against the Jazz on Saturday, but he bounced back just fine.
"The only thing we have to do is bring the energy. Today it was awful in the first quarter. Nobody had any," Rubio said.
Nicolas Batum, his sore right wrist clearly still bothering him, finished with four points and a team-high seven turnovers. He has only 39 points in his last five games, less than half of his season average of nearly 16 points per game.
"If he or the trainer says he can't play, then I can't play him, but he's very important to what we do," Stotts said.
This was only the second time in 20 games all season that Rubio reached double-digit points. No longer on a minutes limit, Rubio is averaging 11.2 points and shooting 46.3 percent in his last five games.
Andrei Kirilenko strained his right quadriceps and left for the locker room late in the second quarter. He had two points in 14 minutes for the Wolves but did not return, yet another injury — whether major or mild — to a key part of what was positioned to be a playoff team this spring for the first time in nine years.
The Wolves lost for the 12th time in their last 14 games.
"You get too far down and it's too hard to come back," coach Rick Adelman said. "Everything's got to be perfect to come back and win that game."
NOTES: Matthews passed Rasheed Wallace and Rudy Fernandez to take eighth place on Portland's all-time list with 374 made 3-pointers. Timberwolves assistant coach Terry Porter is the leader with 773. ... Cunningham's streak of 10 straight field goals made ended in the second quarter. Kevin Garnett and Felton Spencer share the team record with 13. ... The Blazers have won 20 of their last 22 games against the Wolves. ... Minnesota's bench outscored Portland's 57-20.
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