On Tuesday night, Cavs guard Ricky Rubio suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee during the team’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rubio had 27 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and two steals before leaving the game with the injury.
This season, the Cavs have been hit hard by Covid-19 health and safety protocols and injury issues. This type of adversity for the Cavs has made them grow stronger as a unit. However, we would love to see what this young Cavs team is capable of at full strength. Unfortunately, we will not get to see it this season.
Ricky has appeared in all 34 games this season for Cleveland. He has been instrumental off the bench as a veteran leader – contributing to the team’s 20-14 record. Overall, he has averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per contest.
When asked about Rubio’s injury, Cavs Veteran Kevin Love said in a statement, “I think this team is so close, so it’s like an extended family member goes down, and it just pains you. It just hurts to see anyone go down, but especially a guy like Ricky who has been so consistent for us and brings so much to this team for so many different reasons.”
Rubio is on a shortlist of NBA players, along with Michael Redd and Jabari Parker, to tear the same ACL twice during their professional playing careers.
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