Timberwolves lose Zach LaVine for rest of season to torn ACL


Published 5:54 p.m. ET Feb. 4, 2017 | Updated 14 hours ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Zach LaVine was enjoying a breakout third season, proving to all those who watched that he is so much more than just a dunker.

Faster than one of LaVine’s drives to the rim, it all came to an end.

LaVine tore the ACL in his left knee in a game against Detroit on Friday, an injury that will require season-ending surgery.

The news was a devastating blow to a young Wolves team that had recently begun to find a groove. The 21-year-old LaVine was having a career season, averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 37.2 minutes per game.

Karl-Anthony 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 on Saturday before the Wolves hosted the Memphis Grizzlies. “For him to have to go through that,…

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