Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio went down with a knee injury in Friday night's loss to the Lakers. At 21-20, Minnesota is making a playoff push and can't afford to have Rubio sidelined with what could very well be a serious knee injury.
Update: Saturday, March 10th at 2:13 p.m.
The Timberwolves worst fears may have become a reality. According to SI's Chris Mannix, a source told SI Rubio did in fact tear his ACL.
Ricky Rubio has a torn ACL in his left knee, a source told SI— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) March 10, 2012
According to Yahoo! Sport's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves fear Rubio could have a torn ACL.
Y! Source: As Minnesota phenom Ricky Rubio goes for MRI on injured knee Saturday, Wolves fear a torn ACL. tinyurl.com/6vt63u9— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 10, 2012
This would be a disastrous step backwards for a developing point guard and the team.
It's safe to say the Twolves' fanbase is holding its collective breath and hoping for the best when Rubio undergoes his MRI on Saturday.
Rubio is leading Minnesota with 8.2 assists per game and is establishing himself as one of the best passers in the game. Any time spent off the court for Rubio will undoubtedly slow his rapid progression and makes the Timberwolves exponentially less dangerous.
If he has in fact torn his ACL, Rubio will leave the Timberwolves struggling to fill the void he has created yet again.