The Cleveland Cavaliers informed that veteran point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a Torn ACL during the last quarter of Tuesday’s loss against the New Orleans Pelicans and will miss the rest of the season. The following comes from the team’s press release:
“Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio left Tuesday night’s road game at New Orleans in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury and did not return to action. Further examination of the injury postgame and a MRI administered today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Rubio will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season and his status will be updated as appropriate.”
With the Cavs trailing 97-99, Rubio drove to the basket and slipped. He grabbed his knee as soon as he touched the floor and had to be carried off the court with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Spanish guard left with 27 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Rubio, who was traded to the Cavs in the offseason, has been a big contributor to the team’s 20-14 record and them having the fifth seed in the East. Currently, his partnership with Darius Garland has the best net rating (+16.1) of any two-man lineup in the league, with at least 500 minutes played.
The injury thickens the Cavs rotation at the backcourt as Collin Sexton also had a season-ending injury in November.