Chase Budinger was quickly blossoming into a reliable, and occasionally dynamic, swingman upon reuniting with coach Rick Adelman in Minnesota.
Just as fast, he was sidelined by a knee injury that will keep him out for quite a while. That’s just the way it goes for the hard-luck Timberwolves these days.
It’s the latest in a slew of injuries to key players for the Wolves, who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. All-Star forward Kevin Love is expected to miss at least the first month of the season with a broken right hand and electric point guard Ricky Rubio isn’t expected back until the middle of December as he continues rehabbing a torn ACL in his left knee suffered last March.