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Ricky Rubio has torn ACL, will miss rest of season

Ricky Rubio has torn ACL, will miss rest of season

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Timberwolves' worst fears apparently have been confirmed.

Ricky Rubio has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season, a team source confirmed.

Rubio was helped off the court after suffering the injury in the final seconds of Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The rookie point guard was in the midst of an exciting rookie season in which he had helped the Wolves into the playoff race for the first time in years.

Now, the Wolves are extremely short-handed at point guard, with J.J. Barea injured again as well. Luke Ridnour figures to get the bulk of work in Saturday's game against New Orleans, with rookie Malcolm Lee -- recalled from the NBA Development League on Friday -- perhaps playing as well.

Recovery from ACL reconstruction generally takes six to nine months. That timeline means Rubio also will miss the Olympics this summer.

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