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Timberwolves’ Ronny Turiaf out indefinitely after suffering fractured elbow

Nov 2, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

The Timberwolves had their season completely derailed last year by injuries to the bulk of the team’s core rotation players.

While the stars are healthy in Minnesota for now, another reserve went down with an injury that should keep him sidelined for quite some time.

Ronny Turiaf, signed this summer for frontcourt depth as a free agent, crashed to the floor after playing just three minutes and appeared to land directly on his elbow. The team confirmed on Saturday that an MRI showed it was fractured.

Turiaf isn’t a statistical wonder or anything, but he’s a more than capable big man in spurts off the bench whose energy usually helps more than it hurts. No timetable has been set for his return, which means more Derrick Williams and Gorgui Deng minutes with the second unit for the foreseeable future.

  1. jimsjam33 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    This is a non-story . Turiaf is lucky just to be in the NBA. Last year the Wolves lost Love and Rubio for most of the season . Turiaf could be replaced by me , and I’m retired , and it wouldn’t hurt the pack .

  2. jollyjoker2 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Timberwolves need to change their name to the Timberpuppies…Its getting to be a lame excuse for a team that for some reason can’t stay healthy. This isn’t the wheelchair league.

  3. belleby123 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    At least he’ll have plenty of time to work on his hair.

  4. dluxxx - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Man, what a bunch of a$$holes. Turiaf may not be an all star, but he certainly is a good role player, and it’s a shame to see him out for any time. I was at the game, and it was a cheap shot all the way. He had the rebound and Collision totally fouled him under the basket. Not only was there not a foul called, but Collision acted as if he was some sort of big shot afterwards. What a total douche.

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