Ricky Rubio left Saturday night’s game against the Kings with an apparent elbow injury and Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau told the media at practice yesterday that the starting point guard is out with a sprain.
Thibs did not elaborate on the severity of the injury, only telling the Star Tribune that “as of right now it’s a sprain:”
“The only thing as of right now is it’s a sprain,” Thibodeau said after Monday’s practice. “He’s going to see a doctor tonight, so we’ll have more information after he gets evaluated this evening.”
The injury opens the door for Kris Dunn to step in and start. Dunn entered the season as the favorite for Rookie of the Year amongst his peers and Thibs commented that Dunn is ready:
“You don’t get here by accident,” Thibodeau said of Dunn, who was drafted with the 5th overall pick in the draft. “If you’re here, you’re a great player. You have to get in there and get the job done. You have to know what your job is, and go out and do your job.’’
Dunn exuded confidence and said he likes playing in “tough situations:”
“I feel I’ve been getting good minutes,” he said. “I’ve been playing in some tough situations the last two games. And that’s the type of games I like to play in. So Ricky, if he doesn’t have the chance to play tomorrow night, or any other games, I’ll have to step up and be ready.”
Minnesota plays Memphis tonight.