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Minnesota’s Budinger to have knee surgery, he’s out for a while

Nov 11, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

Chase Budinger, Joakim Noah AP

Minnesota, off to a surprising 4-2 start, didn’t need another injury. But they got one.

Chase Budinger tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in the Bulls game Saturday and will have surgery later this week, the Timberwolves announced Sunday. There is no timetable for his return until after his surgery.

Budinger was off the best start in his career — 12.4 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting, both career highs. He was playing well in the Timberwolves offense and was getting his shots at the rim or from three and not much in between.

He was coming off the bench behind Andrei Kirilenko and not having him is going to give Rick Adelman headaches and force some lineup shuffling for the Timberwolves, with guys like Derrick Williams maybe getting minutes at the three.

Budinger joins Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love as guys out for an expended period due to injuries, plus Brandon Roy (knee) and J.J. Barea (ankle sprain) are missing time right now.

  1. humanvue - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    He’s going to be missed. A couple days ago everyone was thinking that it was good that people were getting playing time with Ricky and Kevin out. But having five guys out is just rough. Still is better as a season ticket holder than the last few years.

  2. scalfor3 - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    That sucks, kid can play a little and seems like a decent dude.

  3. joeyashwi - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    If there was ever a time for Williams to step up, this would be it. Players are dropping like flies.

    • johnmindiola - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Word. If Williams could finish at the rim on non-dunk shots, he’d be a beast. He has all the athletic ability in the world, but does this finger roll underhand thing that seems to never go in. Finish overhand and put it off the glass!

      • johnmindiola - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        Okay, beast might be an overstatement. His defense has to improve, too.

  4. lunds007 - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    bad luck wolves…this team could of made a run in the west this year with everyone healthy.

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