Timberwolves News: Zach LaVine's Development Process Accelerated With Ricky Rubio's Injury

With Ricky Rubio out up to two months with an ankle injury, the Minnesota Timberwolves will look to first-round draft pick Zach LaVine to fill some of the void left behind.

Per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, "with Rubio out of the lineup for the coming weeks, Saunders said he thought LaVine would fare better playing alongside veteran starters as well as fellow rookie Andrew Wiggins."

Thus, LaVine started at point guard instead of veteran Mo Williams during Minnesota's 102-92 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

"I’m sure my hair will get grayer and I’ll lose a few more hairs over the course of things,” coach Flip Saunders said after the game in regards to LaVine's learning curve.

In 26 minutes, LaVine provided five points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two turnovers. He was inconsistent on both defense and offense, just like a rookie is supposed to be.

“Zach’s going to get the opportunity to play now,” Mo Williams said. “He’s going to get the opportunity to make his mistakes also."

"But at the end of the day, he’s going to play and he’s up for the task.”

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