Minnesota Timberwolves fans just cannot catch a break. Right as the T-Wolves were starting to show promises of making the playoffs and being relevant again, this devastating piece of news hits: Minnesota sensation Ricky Rubio will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Rubio sustained the injury yesterday after a collision with Kobe Bryant in a close loss to the Lakers. The Timberwolves were already playing without superstar Kevin Love, who sat out with back spasms. Love should be back in the lineup tonight, but the loss of Rubio will prevent Minnesota from reaching their full potential this season, and possibly from even making the playoffs. Before the loss to the Lakers, the Timberwolves had won three straight and were one of the hottest teams in the NBA, climbing to the 8th spot in the West. Houston took the spot back with Minnesota’s loss Friday, but and their biggest loss was losing their main facilitator and highlight machine.
Time will tell how Minnesota responds to Rubio’s absence, as Luke Ridnour will have to step up as the main point guard. Look for the Timberwolves to try and trade Beasley for an available, decent point guard before the trade deadline next week. The Timberwolves still have Kevin Love and are still in the playoff picture, but my gut tells me this team won’t be the same without their show-stopping rookie sensation running the offense. Rubio reinvigorated life in Minnesota along with Love but without him in the lineup, the Timberwolves may not be playoff-bound anymore.