The Minnesota Timberwolves have shut down the injured trio of Derrick Rose, Robert Covington, and Jeff Teague for the remainder of the season, the team announced on Thursday:
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Rose (right elbow soreness) had missed the team’s last four games, and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a chip fracture and a loose body in his elbow. In his first full season with the Timberwolves, Rose experienced arguably his most successful campaign since his days with the Chicago Bulls. With averages of 18 points and 4.3 assists on a surprisingly efficient 48 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from three, Rose was firmly cemented in the Sixth Man of the Year race for a large portion of the season.
Covington (right knee bone bruise) has been sidelined since December 31 after suffering the injury against the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite making strides in his recovery, progressing to on-court activities and looking to make a return to the team, he suffered a setback and now needs further treatment before being able to make his return to the court. The centerpiece return in the Jimmy Butler trade, Covington averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals in just 22 games with his new team.
Jeff Teague (left foot injury) reaggravated an injury originally suffered in December. After missing the team’s last four games. Teague received an injection designed to treat chronic inflammation. In his second season with the Wolves, the former All-Star experienced a down year, averaging just 12.1 points and 8.3 assists on 42 percent shooting, the lowest since his rookie year.