Timberwolves Ricky Rubio out indefinitely with sprained elbow

Associated Press

Most people expected that at some point this season Kris Dunn would take the Timberwolves starting point guard job over from Ricky Rubio.

It happened fast — the third game of the season.

That’s because Rubio has a sprained elbow that will keep him out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday night. The injury happened in the fourth quarter of the team’s loss to the Kings Saturday night.

Rubio has played more than 30 minutes a night, averaging 4.5 points (and shooting just 33.3 percent) but dishing out 6.5 assists. Dunn, in 17 minutes a game, is averaging 6 points a game on 62.5 percent shooting, and he is dishing out 2.5 assists. There was a sense that once Tom Thibodeau really came to trust the rookie he would turn the team over to him.

That time is now. The Timberwolves next game is Tuesday against Mike Conley and the Grizzlies.