If you haven’t heard about it by now, here you go: Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio is out for the season with a torn ACL. Rubio suffered the injury in Friday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The injury occurred when Rubio jumped out to guard the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. They ended up running into each other, Bryant hitting Rubio in the knee and drawing the foul to add insult to injury. Rubio had to be carried off the floor with the help of two teammates. He tried to walk it off on the bench but couldn’t put any pressure on his leg. An MRI today revealed that his ACL was torn and his rookie season done. Rubio instilled a lot of excitement and awe into a Minnesota team that has been nothing but boring to watch over the past few seasons. While he wasn’t the complete reason for the turnaround, he created a buzz that left when Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics.
So where does Minnesota go from here? With no Rubio and Kevin Love having back spasms, Minnesota will need its young guns, (Wes Johnson, Nikola Pekovic, and Derrick Williams) to step up and shoulder the load. Rubio’s injury also means that the Wolves have only one healthy point guard, Luke Ridnour. Their third point guard, J.J. Barea, is out with a sprained ankle. This injury could not have come at a worse time for a young team that is battling for a playoff spot in the deep Western Conference.
Playoff teams always have players that step up when their number is called. This is just another test.