Tolliver out 6-8 weeks with sprained MCL, Darko injures himself during loss to the Knicks, Webster could play as early as Wednesday, and more
From the Associated Press:
Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said the loss of backup forward Anthony Tolliver for six to eight weeks because of a knee injury will not require the team to sign a player during his absence.
"We've thought about it, but it has to be a player we feel can help us," Rambis said before Monday night's game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. "We don't want to just bring a body in."
A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that Tolliver has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. He suffered the injury Friday night in San Antonio.
Ill b back b4 then! Trust me...RT @Twolves_PR: #Twolves @ATolliver44 MRI results reveal sprained R MCL. Will be out 6-8 weeks.
Martell Webster could play as early as Wednesday vs OKC after meeting with doctors and team medical staff tomorrow, should be back by weekend at latest.
Flynn wore a suit Monday and watched the game from the end of the bench at Madison Square Garden, where he played that six-overtime Big East tournament game with Syracuse. "It's tough coming back here knowing I'm not going to play," he said, "but I'm here to support my teammates."
He is set to play games back with Sioux Falls in the D League on Friday and Saturday. If all goes well, his Wolves' season debut could come next Tuesday at Golden State.
"That should be the final stage of seeing what my body feels like and seeing how I react," he said of his final two D League games. "I felt great after [Friday's] game, other than my calves being tight, my hamstrings being tight, my knees aching a little. This is my training camp. These are my preseason games."
The Wolves lost a winnable game, they lost another player to injury, and they turned the ball over way too much.
Darko Milicic left the game with a quad contusion after eight very productive minutes where he was the focal point of the Wolves offense, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting and – despite being questionable for return—never got back up off the bench.
Darko's absence is just the latest in a nasty string of injury for the Wolves who have been without Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster all season and just lost Anthony Tolliver for the next 4-8 weeks with an MCL injury.
On Saturday, Milicic became the first Timberwolves player since 2001 to record a plus-40 plus-minus rating in a game. On Monday, he was a plus-eight and the Wolves led by 10 points when he went to the bench after collecting two fouls and soon discovered his leg locked up.
Recaps of tonight's loss at New York:
Adam Zagoria/NBA.com: Knicks-Timberwolves notebook
Anthony Maggio/FOXSportsNorth.com: Love, Wolves unable to turn back Stoudemire
Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press: Knicks 121, Timberwolves 114: Wolves miss injured Darko Milicic in second half