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Timberwolves’ Malcolm Lee out indefinitely with knee injury

Dec 14, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

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Just as Minnesota is going to get Ricky Rubio back, they are going to lose another young guard for a while.

Malcolm Lee suffered a chrondal injury in his right knee during Wednesday night’s game against the Nuggets and will be out indefinitely, the team announced.

A chrondal injury involves the ligaments that cover each end of the bone in the knee, allowing the joint to move smoothly and without pain. It can be injured in a twisting motion (not unlike how an ACL can be damaged). There are different grades of the injury and treatment options depend on severity.

Lee had started a dozen games with Brandon Roy injured, and he may be a little ways away from stepping on the court, and even when he does he cannot take on heavy minutes. Instead Alexey Shved will start and you will see a lot more Josh Howard as well.

Lee can defend but he has not been playing great ball, averaging 4.9 points on 38.2 percent shooting. This is something the Timberwolves can work through without much if any setback.

  1. albertmn - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Do we know for sure that Shved will start? I have gotten the impression they like him coming off the bench for now, but I could be wrong. Last year, they started Rubio and Ridnour together a lot when both were healthy. They may do that when Rubio is back, which would allow both Barea and Shved to provide the spark off the bench.

    • saint1997 - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      yeah but still with these injuries they may be forced to. I like Schved a lot and I think him and Rubes can develop chemistry there is something there for the future that could be special (an all white starting 5 as well haha)

  2. johnmindiola - Dec 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Ridnour and Rubio do work well because ridnour can be a calming force, but it it’s a really small backcourt. Wouldn’t be surprised to see shved a Rubio for large stretches, with barea the first option off the bench.

  3. monkeyhateclean - Dec 14, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Ricky is 6’4, how is that small?

    Ridnour/JJ is a really small backcourt, Ridnour/Ricky is average for the NBA. Ricky/Schved (6’6) would be among the tallest backcourt in the NBA.

  4. dremmel69 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    To paraphrase Phil Collins –
    “There’s this point guard that’s been on our minds
    All the time, Ru-Ru-Rubio oh oh
    He’s gotten better since he pulled up lame
    And it’s time to help the Wolves win games
    Ru-Ru-Rubio oh oh “

    • drtrener - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Lee is a non factor non contributor lousy shot selection anyway Go Shved!!

  5. dirtydavis - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    There goes your 1st round exit on the playoffs

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