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Ricky Rubio's injury turned out to be a torn ACL, ending the season for the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie. It's only the latest in a slew of injuries for the state's top athletes.
Rehabilitation time for such an injury usually is six to nine months, which means Rubio also likely will miss playing for Spain in the London Summer Olympics that begin in July.
The dazzling rookie, who helped lead the Timberwolves into playoff contention with a 21-20 record just a season after the team went 17-65, suffered the injury to in Minnesota's 105-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Rubio exited the game after his left knee appeared to buckle, and he now leaves the Timberwolves short a star player who helped make the team one of the most exciting to watch in the NBA.
Rubio ends his rookie season averaging 10.6 points on 35.7 % shooting along with 8.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
The Timberwolves will start life after Rubio tonight when they take on the New Orleans Hornets at the Target Center at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
There isn't anything concrete as of Saturday morning regarding the Ricky Rubio injury, but Minnesota Timberwolves fans have always been conditioned to fear the worst. It didn't help on Friday night, either, when reports indicated Rubio may have suffered a torn ACL.
Rubio is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday to get an official diagnosis on the injury, but the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda wrote on his blog that serious injury wouldn't be a surprise. Instead it would only add to a long list of issues that Wolves rookies have had over the past several year.
If it is something that serious, he'd join a list of Wolves' first-round draft picks since 2005 who all sustained significant injuries early in their careers: 2005 pick Rashad McCants (microfracture knee surgery), Randy Foye (kneecap stress fracture), Corey Brewer (torn ACL ), Kevin Love (broken hand) and now perhaps Rubio.
That's obviously the worst possible scenario, but it seems Wolves rookies are predestined for a serious injury. Hopefully Rubio can buck that trend.
A torn ACL is one of the worst possible injuries for a basketball player to sustain considering that it's one of the few that can end a player's season no matter when it occurs. Unfortunately for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Ricky Rubio injury that occurred during Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers could end up being a torn ACL.
It's obviously pure speculation until an MRI --scheduled for sometime Saturday -- takes place, but the initial fears are that a torn ACL could have happened in the waning seconds of Friday night's loss. There aren't a lot of details to go on as of now, but Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the anterior cruciate ligament may be the problem.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio will have an MRI on his left knee Saturday morning amid fears he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
"Possible ACL," the source briefed on Rubio's condition said. "We'll know more after the MRI. ... There's a lot of worry right now."
Let's wait for the MRI to take place before anyone writes off the rest of the rookie's season, but .... oof.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost on Friday night to the Los Angeles Lakers, but it wasn't a terrible one considering Kevin Love was held out due to a back injury. The worst part of the game, instead, came in the fourth quarter when a Ricky Rubio injury forced the Wolves point guard out of action with 16 seconds left to play.
There wasn't any sort of initial diagnosis of course, but the word that did come out onFriday night weren't especially promising.
Don't know if there's anything to read into this but...Adelman made a rare trip into training room postgame, emerged quickly looking glum— Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) March 10, 2012
And then, a bit later, the player himself posted that he's scheduled for an MRI on Saturday.
Tough loss tonight. Im gonna do a MRI tomorrow to see how is my knee. Thank you for ur support I really appreciate it.— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) March 10, 2012
Hopefully everything turns out okay, but news like this is never fun to deal with -- especially with a player so promising.
The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered a loss on Friday night to the Los Angeles Lakers while playing without an injured Kevin Love, but the news gets worse for Wolves. The Ricky Rubio injury that happened in the fourth quarter of the game could keep the team's star point guard out of action.
Rubio was attempting to close out and defend Kobe Bryant, but as he planted, his left knee buckled awkwardly and he fell backward onto the court. It wasn't a sight that Wolves fans are going to want to watch over and over again, to be sure.
In case anyone was out on Friday night and somehow missed the Wolves game, however, our friend CJ Fogler posted a video of the injury over at Sports Grid. It doesn't look horrendous, but until a diagnosis becomes public, seeing him unable to comfortably walk on it after testing the knee isn't what anyone wanted to see.
It seems as though the injury occurs before any contact between Rubio and Bryant occurs, but it's tough to be sure with the camera angles FSN provided. Hopefully he's better on Saturday and this portion of Timberwolves history is put behind everyone.
Kobe scored 34 points, and Bynum had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help the Lakers out of a slump.
Especially heartbreaking for the Timberwolves is that they had a chance to win the game with 16 second left on the clock. Pau Gasol, the subject of many NBA trade rumors lately, blocked Williams' drive to the basket. Williams and the home crowd thought there should have been a call, but one never came.
For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. For more on the LA Lakers, head over to Silver Screen and Roll. Follow the drama as the NBA trade deadline gets closer at SB Nation's NBA hub.
Kevin Love was replaced by Derrick Williams in the starting lineup Friday night for the Minnesota Timberwolves tilt with the Los Angeles Lakers because of back spasms, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.
Kevin Love is doubtful tonight for #Twolves because of back spasms. Williams will start— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) March 10, 2012
The Timberwolves are looking for their sixth consecutive home win and first win over the Lakers since 2007. Kevin Love has been on a tear in the last three games, averaging 36.7 points and 14.3 rebounds over the last three games--all wins for Minnesota.
Minnesota is 21-19 and just a game behind the Houston Rockets for the eight seed in the Western Conference. Los Angeles is 23-15, but is coming off back-to-back losses to Detroit and Washington.
After missing the last two games due to a sprained right ankle, Nikola Pekovic is expected to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves starting lineup Friday night for a bout with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Jerry Zgoda of The Star Tribune.
Pekovic is averaging 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds in 25 minutes per game in his second season. He has been a major part of the Timberwolves turn-around this season, especially since he replaced Darko Milicic in the starting lineup. Jose Juan Barea, however will not play due to an ankle injury of his own. Via Zgoda:
Barea says he's much improved, but won't play tonight or tomorrow vs. Hornets. "Next week definitely, though," he said.— Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) March 9, 2012
Minnesota is looking to win its sixth consecutive home game and fourth game in a row. In the past three games, Kevin Love has registered double-doubles of 42 points and 10 rebounds, 39 points and 17 rebounds and 27 points and 16 rebounds.
The Los Angeles Lakers are playing the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Thursday night, but the story surrounding the visiting team doesn't have anything to do with things happening on the court. Instead, trade rumors are the hot topic as Pau Gasol has reportedly been traded.
NBA trade rumors have surrounded the Lakers and Wolves for the past few weeks, but there's no indication with which team the Lakers are making a deal. There are strong indications from Lakers insider Roland Lazenby that Los Angeles does have a deal done, however, to move their All-Star big man.
It seems we'll soon be getting news that Gasol has been traded. No details confirmed, but he's apparently gone.— Roland Lazenby (@lazenby) March 9, 2012
Considering the Chris Paul fiasco, it's good to remind that nothing is official. Only whispers, but it's a whispering NBA world these days— Roland Lazenby (@lazenby) March 9, 2012
There were NBA trade rumors, of course, that the Wolves were interested in trading for Pau Gasol while possibly sending rookie Derrick Williams to the Lakers. It didn't sound like a good idea at the time and things haven't really changed, but that's likely what Los Angeles would be looking for in exchange for the 7-foot Spaniard.
The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't beat the Lakers since 2007 and haven't won six games at home since 2004. They can snap both of those streaks Friday as Los Angeles heads to Minnesota.