Zach LaVine suffered an ACL injury in his left knee and will be out for the rest of the season as he’ll be needing surgery.
The guard suffered the injury in Friday’s 116-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons. He had an MRI done to diagnose the injury.
LaVine, who was averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists, will have surgery at a later date, the team said.
“He’s made himself into one of the best 2-guards in the league,” Thibodeau said Saturday. “His overall game has really blossomed. He’s shooting the 3 great. The free throws, the drives. All of it. So he’ll get through it. He’s a mentally tough kid. And, as I mentioned, he’s already talking about what’s next.”
Towns said he was moved to tears when he heard the news.
“That’s not just my teammate — that’s my brother. That’s one of my best friends,” Towns said. “For him to have to go through that, it hurts me a lot. I’m just wishing him a speedy recovery.”