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Ricky Rubio’s injury assessed as ACL tear, guard to miss rest of season

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Dec 28, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio (3) is helped off the court by forward Kevin Love (0) and forward Isaac Okoro (35) after injuring his ankle against New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones (5) during the second half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 28, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio (3) is helped off the court by forward Kevin Love (0) and forward Isaac Okoro (35) after injuring his ankle against New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones (5) during the second half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Wednesday that guard Ricky Rubio tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season.

Rubuo was injured during a 108-104 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday,

An MRI exam Wednesday revealed the tear.

Rubio also tore the left ACL during the 2011-12 season when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rubio, 31, was averaging 13.1 points and 6.6 assists per game in his first season with the Cavaliers, who surged to a strong start.

The 11-year NBA veteran has career averages of 11.1 points and 7.6 assists per game in stints with the Timberwolves (2011-17, 2020-21), Utah Jazz (2017-19), Phoenix Suns (2019-20) and Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers (20-14) next play at the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

–Field Level Media