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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ricky Rubio helped the Cavaliers return to relevance. Now, he is obtained to make one other comeback of his personal.

The veteran guard, who has been instrumental in Cleveland’s turnaround, is finished for the season after struggling a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Tuesday night time — the identical harm that ended his rookie season in 2012.

Rubio’s loss is a devastating blow to the Cavs, who’ve jumped into playoff rivalry after going 22-50 final season. Cleveland is 20-14 and fifth within the Eastern Conference.

The workforce mentioned an MRI taken Wednesday confirmed the torn ACL, which was feared after Rubio obtained harm late in Tuesday’s 108-104 loss at New Orleans.

The 31-year-old Rubio had a significant affect in his first season with Cleveland, offering management and depth to a younger squad.

It’s the second time Rubio has torn his left ACL. He first did it as a rookie with Minnesota after colliding with the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant.

Rubio’s harm can also be the second important one to Cleveland’s backcourt this season. Collin Sexton suffered a season-ending knee harm on Nov. 7. At the time, Sexton was the workforce’s main scorer.

Rubio, who was acquired throughout the summer season in a commerce from Minnesota, slipped whereas driving within the lane because the Cavs had been attempting to guard a lead with two minutes left. Rubio’s knee buckled and he collapsed to the ground.

He grabbed his knee and was in apparent misery earlier than being helped to his ft and strolling to the locker room for analysis. He did not put any weight on his left leg whereas being assisted by teammates Isaac Okoro and Kevin Love.

Before getting harm, Rubio, who was beginning at level guard in opposition to the Pelicans as a result of Darius Garland was within the league’s well being and security protocols, scored 27 factors whereas including 13 rebounds and eight assists.

The Cavs fell aside after Rubio left and the Pelicans accomplished their rally from a 23-point deficit.

Rubio’s infectious enjoying type has rubbed off on Cleveland and he is been each a top quality backup and mentor to Garland. He’s additionally had a optimistic impact on Love, his former Timberwolves teammate, who is prospering in a reserve position.

“Him and I have such a history,” Love said following the game. “I really care for him. I’m just praying that he’s going to be OK. We don’t know what the near future is going to hold for him. We’re just completely gutted. He was having such a great season.”

Rubio picked up the place he left off after starring for Spain’s Olympic workforce final summer season in Tokyo. He’s averaging 13.1 factors, 6.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 34 video games. Rubio is just beneath contract by this season.

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