Ricky Rubio sprained his right elbow during the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves’ loss to Sacramento on Saturday night, and will be out indefinitely, the team announced in a press release. Rubio, the team’s starting point guard, will be replaced in the lineup by rookie Kris Dunn.
While the Timberwolves didn’t provide a recovery schedule for Rubio, who will likely be re-evaluated at some point to determine a more definitive timetable, a severe elbow sprain could sideline him for a few weeks. During that time, Minnesota will have the opportunity to take a look at Dunn, this year’s fifth overall pick, in an expanded role.
While Rubio’s absence will have an impact on the Wolves’ rotation, it shouldn’t put any pressure on them to make a roster move, since they already have plenty of depth at point guard. In addition to Rubio and Dunn, the club is carrying Tyus Jones and John Lucas III. Zach LaVine is also capable of handling a few minutes at the point if necessary.