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Ricky Rubio may have torn ACL, would be done for season

Mar 10, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

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It looked like just two knees colliding when it happened, but it appears something much more serious may have happened to Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio.

With 16.4 seconds left in the game against the Lakers Friday night — and the Timberwolves up one —Rubio ran over to trap Kobe Bryant when the Lakers’ closer got the ball on the left wing. As Rubio arrived Kobe tried to drive to his right around Rubio, who tried to plant his left foot — but it slipped three or four inches. Kobe and Rubio’s knees collided and Rubio was called for the foul.

Rubio instantly fell to the floor grabbing his left knee, had to be carried off the court and did not return. (Kobe sank the two free throws to give the Lakers the win.) Now comes this report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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.”

A torn ACL would end his season.

Sometimes the initial reports are wrong. Let’s hope they are wrong here.

Rubio has had a fantastic rookie season, averaging 10.5 points, 8.2 assists per game. He has a PER of 14.9 and is a key reason the Timberwolves are in the playoff hunt. We had heard so much about him before he got to the United States, we had seen the YouTube clips of the Spanish phenom, but he has lived up to the hype and shown off a fantastic court vision. Without him Minny could be in trouble (and talk of trading Luke Ridnour would be ended).

Check back with PBT on Saturday, we will update you on his condition.

  1. redbullenergydrink - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    OMG… Wish you the best, Rubio!

  2. bleed4philly - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    So much for that

  3. 00maltliquor - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    That’s devastating news. That’s all it takes to kill playoff hopes and dreams for a team who hasn’t been there for a long, long time. In real time it didn’t look that bad and it kind of seemed like Rubio was Paul Pierce-ing it up, but this is just bad. I’m bummed and I’m a Laker fan.

    • youallrfools - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      I blame the refs. If they don’t make the bad goal-tending call this never happens.

  4. Joe Munley - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    That would a disappointing end to a surprising season. I was among the fans that thought he’d be a bust. Instead, he has energized that team & the city. Let’s hope that all didn’t come to such a sudden end like this.

  5. youallrfools - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Lets hope it is just a (badly) bruised knee, which can be very painful. I think I might be more unhappy about this than the AD injury.

    • muhangis - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:17 AM

      who the hell is AD?? nobody knows that abbreviation

      • trinatek - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:04 AM

        Adrian “All-day” Peterson of the Vikings. He tore his ACL and MCL last season.

      • dcviking - Mar 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        AD = All Day = Adrian Peterson.

        I guess you don’t follow Pro football or Minnesota sports.

      • youallrfools - Mar 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Adrian Petersen. Plenty of people know that abbrv.

    • getadealdonealready - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      AD was his Sooner nickname, hasn’t really caught that much steam at the NFL level. He is more commonly referred to as AP, unless you are talking to him, he seems to want the AD name to continue.

      • illogic87 - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM


  6. avaughn02 - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    classic mn sports luck (weeps silently into my beer)

  7. juicebox129 - Mar 10, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Looking at the replay it looks like Rubio had an akward bend at the knee while he slipped. Hopefully for Rubio and Minnesota it isn’t a tear but instead a sprain.

    • getadealdonealready - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      That was my hope originally, as looking as if his foot was moving and not planted when there was contact. You hope it is a sprain, or contusion of some sort, it would be a shame to see his rookie season end like this. But nothing we aren’t used to in loserville, USA.

  8. goforthanddie - Mar 10, 2012 at 6:08 AM


  9. nflinla - Mar 10, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Your Welcome !

    – Kobe Bryant

  10. mrlitl - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    What the heck is PER and why have we suddenly started using it to describe players??

    • chiadam - Mar 10, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Player Efficiency Rating, and because it’s useful.

  11. pop562 - Mar 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Rubio is a big facilitator for the t wolves, hope the reports show something minor because t wolves deserve to be in the playoff and this is coming from a lakers fan.

  12. AlohaMrHand - Mar 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    better go wrap Joe Maur in bubble wrap.

    • skolminny - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Too late, he has already been impacted with bilateral leg sissyness.

      • AlohaMrHand - Mar 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM


  13. drmonkeyarmy - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I think saying a fantastic rookie season is a bit of an over statement. Sure, the assists look good but not as bad as shooting 36% from the field.

  14. fmlizard - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I follow 5 teams in sports:

    Chiefs – Berry, Charles, Moeaki all down with ACL 62 minutes into the season

    Vikings – AP tears up his knee

    Gopher Basketball – star Trevor Mbakwe torn ACL

    Twins – ludicrous number of injuries puts them from first to worst

    Wolves – Rubio tears up his knee

    When will it end?

    • skolminny - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Clearly the proper course of action here is to start rooting for the Packers and White Sox to transfer your “luck” onto them.

    • getadealdonealready - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      The better question is one of these things are like the other? I blame it on you for being a chiefs fan!

    • getadealdonealready - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      The better question is which one of these things isn’t like the others?

      p.s. I blame it on you for being a chiefs fan!

  15. losangelasbasketball - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    they should give ballers titanium acl/mcl inplants when they get into the league…

    • kmossg - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      you realize the acl and mcl are ligaments right?

  16. mnsadsportsfan - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    we are doomed.

  17. illogic87 - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    This would be an epic loss. I think the Wolves would still be okay if Nikola Pekovic keeps playing the way he is…

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