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LaVine Comments on Injury
Sunday, Feb. 5
"Thanks everyone for all your support!" Lavine said on Twitter. "Minor setback but I'll be back stronger than before. If you know me, you know hard work will get through this. Gonna be cheering for my guys the rest of the season. #Twolves"
LaVine Out for Season
Saturday, Feb. 4
The Timberwolves announced an MRI revealed LaVine tore the ACL in his left knee and will require season-ending surgery.
Injury Disrupts Promising Season for LaVine
While the Timberwolves (19-31) have struggled this season, LaVine is quickly becoming one of the top young guards in the NBA.
The 21-year-old was a lottery pick in the 2014 draft and known for his athleticism coming out of UCLA. He used this skill set to win the Slam Dunk Contest in each of his first two seasons.
However, LaVine has rounded out his game to become a more effective player. After averaging 10.1 points per game as a rookie and 14.0 last season, he was averaging 18.9 points this year prior to the injury.
"He's gotten better every year," teammate Andrew Wiggins said in December, per Shaun Powell of NBA.com. "I know how much work he puts into improving, and it's showing."
Brandon Rush, Kris Dunn and Shabazz Muhammad should see additional playing time this season with LaVine out.