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Timberwolves’ Malcolm Lee out indefinitely with knee injury

Malcolm Lee

In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Malcolm Lee is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Just as Minnesota is going to get Ricky Rubio back, they are going to lose another young guard for a while.

Malcolm Lee suffered a chrondal injury in his right knee during Wednesday night’s game against the Nuggets and will be out indefinitely, the team announced.

A chrondal injury involves the ligaments that cover each end of the bone in the knee, allowing the joint to move smoothly and without pain. It can be injured in a twisting motion (not unlike how an ACL can be damaged). There are different grades of the injury and treatment options depend on severity.

Lee had started a dozen games with Brandon Roy injured, and he may be a little ways away from stepping on the court, and even when he does he cannot take on heavy minutes. Instead Alexey Shved will start and you will see a lot more Josh Howard as well.

Lee can defend but he has not been playing great ball, averaging 4.9 points on 38.2 percent shooting. This is something the Timberwolves can work through without much if any setback.