The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be without star point guard Ricky Rubio for quite sometime, after he severely sprained his left ankle. The sprain is so severe that USA Today says that Rubio could be sidelined for up to 7-8 weeks.
Rubio was injured in the Timberwolves game on Friday against the Orlando Magic. Rubio underwent an MRI on Saturday to confirm the severity of the sprain, and needless to say will be out for Saturday night’s game against the Miami Heat.
On Halloween this year, Ricky Rubio agreed to a 4 year, $55 million contract extension with the Timberwolves.
Coming into Saturday, Ricky Rubiio was 1 of the only 4 players in the NBA who have at least 50 assists on the season so far. Rubio has averaged 9.4 points and 10 assists on the young season so far.
Rubio will likely be replaced by veteran Mo Williams during his absence.
The loss of Rubio will be something tough to overcome for a Timberwolves team that is in the midst of a rebuilding effort after trading away All-Star Power Forward to Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, and the Cav’s 1st round draft pick next year.
Rickey Rubio is poised to be one of the center pieces to the Timberwolves rebuilding effort over the next few years, and his reputation as one of the best passers in the NBA is a well earned one.
The loss of Rubio this year is going to put a damper on any kind of playoff hopes that the Timberwolves came into this season with, as the loss of Rubio will certainly not benefit the Timberwolves on the court over the time he is set to miss recovering from the injury.
There could be some benefit to the loss of Rubio though, as a high draft pick certainly help the Timberwolves in their rebuilding effort, and Rubio missing an extended period of time will also likely help the Timberwolves earn a lottery pick by seasons end.
While there still is a lot that remains to be seen about how the Timberwolves season will play out, the loss of Rubio will almost certainly negatively impact the Timberwolves record.