T-Wolves swingman Budinger has torn left meniscus

Associated Press Modified: November 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm •  Published: November 11, 2012
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But now Budinger will be out for an extended period of time. Typical rehab for an injury of this kind can last two months or more, a tough blow for the Wolves and for Budinger, who is in a contract year.

Of course, the news could have been worse. When Budinger went down against the Bulls and was unable to put any weight on his left leg, many worried that he had torn the ACL and would miss the rest of the season. Now it's possible he could be back before the All-Star break, though the Wolves won't know how long it will take until doctors get a closer look at the extent of the damage during surgery.

How the Timberwolves will fill Budinger's minutes remains to be seen. They play the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. If Roy is unable to play, Russian rookie Alexey Shved could get the start at shooting guard because Adelman simply does not have any other options.

Shved has impressed in his first six games in the NBA, but he is the last remaining healthy shooting guard on the roster. Starting point guard Luke Ridnour, second-year combo guard Malcolm Lee and little-used point guard Will Conroy are the only other healthy guards on the team.

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