Cavaliers' Ricky Rubio Carried Off Floor After Suffering Knee Injury vs. Pelicans

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 29, 2021

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio appeared to suffer a left knee injury during his team's 108-104 road loss against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

ESPN's Andrew Lopez, NBA analyst Nate Duncan and The Athletic's Will Guillory provided more information:

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez

Ricky Rubio just went down in a heap and immediately started to signal to the bench. <br><br>He's been helped off the floor by teammates and he's not putting ANY weight on it. <br><br>Rubio: 27 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists. Incredible game. Horrible to see it end like that...

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA

Uh oh, Ricky Rubio went down with a left knee injury with minimal contact. Immediately signaled for help from the bench, and had to be helped off. That's the knee he tore the ACL in back in 2012.

Will Guillory @WillGuillory

Ricky Rubio just went down and he can't put weight on his left knee. This would be a tremendous loss for Cleveland. He's been unbelievable tonight.<br><br>He's heading straight to the locker room.

He had 27 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and two steals before exiting. Dean Wade replaced Rubio with 2:20 remaining in regulation.

Rubio entered Tuesday averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 assists through his first 32 games. He's provided steadiness to a Cleveland team that's been desperately searching for a point guard with a defensive presence. 

Darius Garland could return to a more primary ball-handler role with Rubio out, but he's currently in the league's health and safety protocols

Ultimately, losing Rubio for any amount of time will be a tough blow. If Rubio and Garland are out, more minutes figure to open for Kevin Pangos and Denzel Valentine, two guards who came off the bench Tuesday.