Nov 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Chase Budinger (10) looks on during a free throw in the second half against the Orlando Magic at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 90-75. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Chase Budinger out indefinitely with torn meniscus

It’s as if the basketball gods were jealous of Minnesota’s beautifully crafted roster and just reigned hell down upon it. Of the 15 players on the team’s roster, 5 of the players are already injured. Ricky Rubio is still recovering from his torn ACL while Kevin Love is rehabbing from his freak knuckle injury. JJ Barea initially was out with a concussion and recovered only to have a sprained left ankle. He expects to be back Wednesday. Brandon Roy is arguably the most depressing of all. His chronically injured knees are once again “sore” just six games into the season. Now add Chase Budinger into the mix with a a torn meniscus in his knee. A similar injury to Tyson Thomas of Charlotte sidelined him from January till March. Hopefully it isn’t that bad. Outside of Andrei Kirilenko, these are the Wolves best players.

As cursed as Minnesota sports may seem, there is a silver lining in all of this. The Twolves are currently sitting at an excellent (considering their situation) 4-2 in a relatively easy part of their schedule. If luck goes in the team’s favor for once, Minnesota should be sitting at .500 at the return of Kevin Love in early December/late November. Both Roy and Barea will be back within this upcoming week, boosting the team’s chances of winning a few easy games and making them team competitive in the rest of them. If both Pekovic and Kirilenko maintain their high level of play, the chances will just keep going up from there.


Don’t despair Timberwolves’ faithful! Somehow, Kahn’s (or Adelman’s) genius provided Minnesota with an ultra-deep roster capable of taking of injuries. Now if it were an injury to either Pek or AK, the Wolves first part of the season could pretty much be kissed goodbye.

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