The first major player that went down due to the devastating knee injury was Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves during a game against the Lakers. Minnesota was well on pace to fight for a playoff spot, but everything unraveled once Rubio was lost – the team went 5-20 without the sensational point guard.
This season, the Timberwolves got off to a hot start, winning five of their first seven games despite playing without Rubio and Kevin Love. Unfortunately, injuries continued to pile on for the young team and the losses started to mount as a result, just as it did last season. The team has lost six of its last seven games – three straight since the return of Love.