Archive for March 10th, 2012

Ricky Rubio
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Super-fun passer

Due to the following unfortunate news, NBA assist highlights just got a lot less fun to watch.

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken this morning revealed that Wolves guard Ricky Rubio has a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in his left knee. Rubio, who will have surgery scheduled at a to-be-determined date, will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 NBA season. The injury occurred with 16.4 seconds remaining in last night’s game vs. the L.A. Lakers.

“Obviously, Ricky’s injury is an unfortunate turn of events for him and our team,” said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “I feel bad for Ricky having to miss the rest of this season. But Ricky is a competitor, and I am confident that he will work hard to get back on the court next year and continue his progression as one of the top point guards in our league. We have 25 games left this season, and I look for our team to continue to play hard and fight for a playoff spot.”

In 41 games, 31 starts, Rubio averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 assists (5th in the NBA), 4.2 rebounds and 2.22 steals (3rd in the NBA) in 34.2 minutes per game. Rubio led all NBA rookies in assists, minutes and steals while recording 12 point-assist double-doubles, ranking him third in the NBA. Rubio was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January.

Luol Deng still dealing with hurt wrist

Luol Deng

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he held Luol Deng out of Saturday’s morning shootaround but that the forward is a game-time decision for Saturday night’s game against the Utah Jazz.

Deng said after Thursday’s loss to the Orlando Magic that he might sit for one or two games to rest his injured left wrist, which has a torn ligament.

“You look at it medically first,” Thibodeau said. “The one thing about Lu is he has a lot of toughness. He’s going to play through pain. Medically, if it makes more sense for him not to play, he won’t.”

– Reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune

Andrew Bogut may be on trading block

Andrew Bogut
andrew bogut
Taller than you

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut could be a candidate to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Bogut’s agent, David Bauman, said Friday there was interest around the league regarding the 7-foot center.

“There’s a lot of teams interested in calling John,” Bauman said of Bucks general manager John Hammond. “I don’t know what they (the Bucks) will end up doing.”

The 27-year-old Bogut is currently out of the lineup after fracturing his left ankle Jan. 25 in Houston. It’s uncertain whether he will be able to play again this season.

“It is a business and everyone is looking to get better; teams are looking to get better,” Bogut said in the locker room before the Bucks played the New York Knicks on Friday. “I can’t control that. I can’t even comment on it, really.

“If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

– Reported by Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Chris Paul didn’t need Tony Parker to get up for this game, and Mo Williams didn’t care about the Los Angeles Clippers winning in San Antonio for the first time in a decade.

Steering the skidding Clippers back on course was plenty incentive.

While Parker sat in street clothes with a sore thigh, shelving an All-Star matchup, Paul took advantage with 36 points and 11 assists as the Clippers salvaged the end of a disappointing road swing with a 120-108 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

Paul matched a season-high yet he was still nearly upstaged by Williams, who added 33 off the bench and was 7 of 9 from behind the arc—including consecutive makes midway through the fourth that sucked the wind out of a Spurs rally…

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 22 points. Parker missed just his second game this season, and was a surprise scratch from the lineup after averaging 28 points his last two games.

– Reported by Paul J. Weber of the Associated Press

Ricky Rubio may have serious knee injury

Ricky Rubio

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio will have an MRI on his left knee Saturday morning amid fears he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

“Possible ACL,” the source briefed on Rubio’s condition said. “We’ll know more after the MRI. … There’s a lot of worry right now.”

Rubio’s knee buckled with 16.4 seconds left in the Timberwolves’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night in Minneapolis.

– Reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports

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