Budinger To Undergo Surgery On Left Knee
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The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that forward Chase Budinger suffered a lateral meniscus tear of his left knee during yesterday's game at Chicago.
Surgery will be scheduled later this week. A timetable for his return will be determined after the surgery. Timberwolves.com will update Budinger’s status and surgery information as it is released.
Budinger suffered the injury at the 6:00 mark of the fourth quarter in Minnesota's 87-80 loss to the Bulls. It’s the latest in a series of injuries for the Timberwolves that began last season and continue to change the team’s depth chart. In Wednesday’s win against Orlando, point guard JJ Barea suffered a left mid-foot sprain and is not on the team’s current road trip to Chicago and Dallas. The team announced he would not re-join the team for tomorrow night’s game against the Mavericks.
On Friday in the team’s 96-94 win over the Indiana Pacers at Target Center, shooting guard Brandon Roy left the game with soreness in his left knee. Budinger started in his place against Chicago. Already sidelined to start the season are Ricky Rubio (left knee surgery) and Kevin Love (broken right hand).
Still, the Wolves have continued to find players who are stepping up despite the injuries. Budinger was one of them who slid from his normal spot at small forward to fill in for Roy at shooting guard. He and Luke Ridnour teamed with the second unit of Alexey Shved and Malcolm Lee in the last two games.
Budinger has been a standout for the Wolves since coming over to Minnesota via a trade with Houston this summer. He hit 53 percent of his 3-point attempts in the preseason and is averaging 11.8 points per game in regular season play. He scored a season-high 18 points against Indiana on Friday, including the game-winning lay-up with a second remaining that put the Wolves at 4-1. He had nine points in 28 minutes against Chicago before leaving the game.
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