Minnesota’s Zach LaVine out for season with torn ACL in left knee

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A disappointing season in Minnesota just got worse.

Timberwolves wing Zach LaVine is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced Saturday. He suffered the injury against the Pistons on a drive to the basket, and he played six minutes after that, although only played 37 seconds in the fourth quarter Friday night with what was at the time called a contusion. The team gave him an MRI Saturday that found the tear.

LaVine will have surgery soon but is out for the season.

LaVine had taken a step forward with his game this season, averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3 assists in 37.2 minutes per game. He was given more responsibility by coach Tom Thibodeau and handled it fairly well, showing a more diverse game than in seasons past. Hopefully, LaVine will not lose too much of his trademark expansiveness once he has rehabbed the injury.

Minnesota likely will give more run to Brandon Rush and Shabazz Muhammad with LaVine out.