Everyone knows that the Minnesota Timberwolves are a team that is ready to take a step forward, but Friday that step took a huge stumbling block as guard Zach LaVine went down for the rest of the season.
LaVine needs season-ending surgery after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Saturday, ending a promising season for a good young player.
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LaVine had an MRI before the Wolves hosted Memphis on Saturday night, when the diagnosis that his season would be over was revealed. He suffered the injury during Friday’s 116-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons, going down in a heap on a play during the eight-point loss.
On the season the young player for the Wolves was averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He tweeted Sunday that he considers this a “minor setback but I’ll be back stronger than before.”
There is no doubt that it’s a long road back for LaVine, but he’s a player with plenty of heart and desire, and all things considered he should be able to make a full recovery.
With LaVine down, the team will lean on Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns to try and pick up the slack in his absence. That threesome is going to be a force, but for the rest of the season will for sure miss LaVine.
New Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau spoke about losing LaVine and what a setback it would be for the young Wolves.
“He’s made himself into one of the best 2-guards in the league,” Thibodeau said Saturday.
“His overall game has really blossomed. He’s shooting the 3 great. The free throws, the drives, all of it. So he’ll get through it. He’s a mentally tough kid. And as I mentioned, he’s already talking about what’s next.”
Towns, a close friend of LaVine, stated that he’s shaken by the loss of the friend for his team.
“That’s not just my teammate — that’s my brother. That’s one of my best friends,” Towns said. “For him to have to go through that, it hurts me a lot. I’m just wishing him a speedy recovery.”
Look for the Wolves to struggle big without LaVine, but for the young player to get back on the court better than ever in 2017-18.