Ricky Rubio of the Cleveland Cavaliers has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
Ricky Rubio, a guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, tore his ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season, the club said Wednesday.
Rubio, who is under contract through the end of the season, underwent an MRI on his knee on Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health after sustaining the injury in the team’s 108-104 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
His status would be updated “as appropriate,” according to the Cavaliers.
During his debut season with Minnesota in 2012, Rubio tore the ACL in his left knee.
Rubio stumbled as he planted his right foot, and his left knee bowed as he went to the ground with 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as he was driving down the lane past Pelicans guard Devonte’ Graham.
Rubio, who was in excruciating agony, gripped his left knee and called for assistance to the Cavaliers’ bench. As he was assisted off the court by teammates Kevin Love and Isaac Okoro, he was not placing any weight on his left leg.
Rubio, 31, had an immediate impact in his first season with Cleveland, giving leadership and depth to a youthful team. After finishing 22-50 last season, the Cavaliers have already won 20 games.
His injury is Cleveland’s second major backcourt setback. Collin Sexton’s season was cut short on Nov. 7 due to a season-ending knee injury. Sexton was the team’s highest scorer at the time.
After Tuesday’s game, Love remarked, “Him and I have such a history.” “I really care for him… We’re utterly devastated. He was having a fantastic season.”
Rubio, who was acquired from Minnesota in a trade over the summer, averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game in 34 games this season.