A 105-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers was among Timberwolves fans' least concerns Friday night, when the sixth sellout audience of the season streamed out into the good night worried about the health of their team's two stars just when this joy ride is getting fun.
That crowd of 20,164 patrons -- many of them wearing free T-shirts that didn't quite create an intended "white-out," some still loyally sporting Lakers purple and gold -- never saw two-time All-Star Kevin Love, who was scratched from the lineup just before opening tap because of back spasms that apparently have bothered him since he fell in Wednesday's home victory over Portland.
They watched with held breath when teammates helped rookie Ricky Rubio to the locker room at game's end after he sustained what the team would only call a "left knee injury" with 16.4 seconds left, and they won't exhale until Saturday, when Rubio's knee will be further examined.
Rubio didn't talk to reporters after the game, and he was supported by a friend as he left the arena, but he tweeted later that he will have an MRI test on Saturday "to see how is my knee" and reveal if he damaged any ligaments.
Rubio fell to the court clutching his knee in pain after he went to help stop Bryant, planted his foot and his knee appeared to buckle before he collided with Bryant, drawing a foul that sent Bryant to the free-throw line for the go-ahead shots from which the Wolves never recovered.
Rubio injures knee in loss to Lakers
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 10