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Steve Aschburner With More On Chase Budinger

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From Hang Time Blog:

When it snows, it blizzards. Or whatever the rains-pours parallel would be for the frosty Upper Midwest, where the Minnesota Timberwolves are getting buried by enough injuries to bring out the plows.

Chase Budinger, the hero 24 hours earlier for his cut-and-layup in the Wolves’ buzzer-beating defeat of Indiana, was the latest to fall, getting helped off the court early in the fourth quarter of their 87-80 loss to the Bulls at United Center. Budinger went down not far from the Chicago bench, given a little extra push according to Minnesota teammates who saw it. All the 6-foot-7 forward knew was that his foot got caught beneath him, putting torque on his left knee.

"It was one of those crazy plays where my foot got stuck," Budinger said, pausing as he exited the visitors’ dressing room on crutches. "It got tangled up. I felt my leg twist."

An X-ray was inconclusive, so the next step is a magnetic resonance imaging test Sunday in Dallas. The Wolves already were anticipating some word there on guard J.J. Barea’s availability for their game Monday against the Mavericks; the point guard suffered a left mid-foot sprain Wednesday against Orlando and didn’t travel to Chicago.