Midway through the 3rd Quarter in Friday night’s game in Detroit, Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine attacked the basket and converted an and-one, but the foul by Andre Drummond caused him to land awkwardly. He remained in the game after an extended break where he tried to walk it off. Later in the game, he would head to the locker room. This is the play in question:
The 21-year-old is in his 3rd year in the NBA and has greatly improved each year. He was averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists and shooting 45.9% (38.7 from 3). Team doctors at the Mayo Clinic discovered that he had torn his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. LaVine was leading the league in minutes played up until the new year, when he injured his hip and had to miss some time.
Coach Tom Thibodeau has drawn fire for overworking players in the past, but it’s unclear exactly why the injury occurred. It comes at the wrong time for the young Timberwolves team who are in the hunt for the 8th playoff seed in the Western Conference, trying to break a 12-year dry spell for the franchise.