Wolves' Teague out indefinitely with knee injury
MINNEAPOLIS—The Timberwolves' point guard depth is about to be tested.
Jeff Teague will be out indefinitely after an MRI conducted Thursday revealed a sprained MCL in his left knee, a source confirmed. Teague suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's 128-125 overtime victory over Denver, when Gary Harris rolled up on his knee going for a loose ball that resulted from a jump ball.
Teague, who the Wolves signed to a three-year deal this offseason, has averaged 13.4 points and 7.3 assists this season in 31 starts. Durability has been one of his calling cards, with the 29-year-old point guard not missing more than 12 games in any season in his career.
He did miss four games earlier this season with an Achilles injury. The Timberwolves went 2-2 in that stretch, with Tyus Jones stepping up to play major minutes in Teague's absence. In those four games without Teague, Jones averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 4 steals while averaging 38 minutes.
"As always, whatever the team needs me to do, I'll be ready to do so," Jones said after Wednesday's game. "It's next man up, and I'm ready to step up and help this team and lead the way."
Jones figures to start at point guard for Minnesota while Teague is out. He appears to have the full confidence of his teammates.
"I love the way Tyus plays; he plays basketball the right way and he takes and makes big shots all the time," Jimmy Butler said Wednesday. "He's a phenomenal point guard, and especially when he's out there just playing, he's going to be in this league for a very long time."
The question for Minnesota seems to be at backup point guard. The only other point guard currently on the roster is Aaron Brooks. The Wolves may need to look to trade for or sign a point guard to provide more depth at the position while Teague is out. They have a roster spot open to do so.