Zach LaVine tears his ACL and is done for the year
We all enjoy the high-flying athletes of the NBA, so when I heard that Zach LaVine went down with a torn ACL in his left leg, I began to miss him already. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday that their shooting guard would be out for the rest of the season.
LaVine would hurt himself as he took the ball and drove up the lane. He tried to get around Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond while trying to score off a layup. When he came crashing down, its when he tore the ligament. He would make the basket and collect the foul in the process.
Zach LaVine's knee injury occurred on this play pic.twitter.com/8xkgr7YI7A
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 4, 2017
After landing he would quickly grab his knee. Minnesota called a timeout and his teammates would assist him getting to the bench. Somehow, LaVine would return shoot his free throw and play another 5 1/2 minutes before exiting the game, late in the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, LaVine would go back in, but quickly realized he was done for the game. He would finish with 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting, four rebounds, and four assists.
LaVine was starting to make a name for himself in his third season by averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game over 47 appearances, shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from 3-point range.
This will also hurt the Timberwolves maturation process. After a slow start to the season, Minnesota has starting to be more consistent in the win column. They are winners of eight of their last 13 games, and just a few games short of the eighth and final playoff spot.
The team is young but have an explosive group of talent. Players such as Rookie of the Year winners Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Throw in Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves could be quite scary.
Dr. Parekh has reported that Zach LaVine could be out anywhere between 9-to-11 months before returning to practice.
Players came out in full support for LaVine
Don't know you personally but love your talent homie. Have a healthy and speedy recovery @ZachLaVine!! Minor set back/major comeback.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 4, 2017
Prayers out to @ZachLaVine. Hope for a speedy recovery bro????????
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) February 4, 2017
Pray up for my teammate and brother @ZachLaVine I know he will come back stronger then ever! ????
— shabazz muhammad (@ShabazzMuhammad) February 4, 2017