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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio may miss as many as 7-8 weeks with a badly sprained left ankle, a person familiar with the injury told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the injury. Rubio sustained the injury in Friday's game against the Orlando Magic after landing awkwardly on a drive to the basket with 2:28 left in the second quarter. The team said he'd be out indefinitely with a significant sprain. USA Today Sports
Ricky Rubio, who had begun to validate his four-year, $55 million extension with the strongest start of his career, added six more assists in his first 13 minutes against the Magic before he grotesquely twisted his left ankle while driving to the basket against Willie Green. He eventually rose to his feet but needed assistance getting to the locker room. Bleacher Report
"There was no question it was like someone popped a balloon when Ricky got hurt," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said after the 112-103 loss. "Ricky has been kind of our leader; he's been the heart of our team." While Saunders said the X-ray didn't reveal a break, he expressed concern that it could be a high ankle sprain—which can require several weeks of recovery. "He popped it pretty good," Saunders said. Bleacher Report
"The injury looks like he's going to be out for a while," veteran Mo Williams said. "So we've just got to rally around that." Bleacher Report
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