Zach LaVine Injury: Updates on Timberwolves Star's Recovery from Knee Surgery

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 07: Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz during the game on January 7, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine suffered a torn ACL against the Detroit Pistons on Friday. He will require surgery and won't return this season. 

Continue for updates. 


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.

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