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...
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.