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Ricky Rubio’s injury lowers Cavs’ playoff ceiling, but defense, favorable schedule should help sustain success

Ricky Rubio knew something was wrong as soon as he went down. The Cleveland Cavaliers faithful held their collective breath late in the Cavs’ 108-104 road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, hoping that Rubio’s waving gesticulations with his right hand were to indicate that he was going to be OK, rather than a plea for attention from the Cleveland Cavaliers training staff. The severity of the injury revealed itself just minutes later as Rubio was helped to the locker room without putting any pressure on his left leg.

On Wednesday, the worst suspicions were confirmed when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Rubio had suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on the play, and will miss the remainder of the season.

It’s a devastating blow for the Cavs, who at 20-14 are the league’s biggest surprise success story of the season. A 10-year NBA vet, Rubio

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Ricky Rubio suffers scary looking knee injury in Cavs’ loss to Pelicans, reportedly set for MRI on Wednesday

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are this season’s most surprising success story, and Ricky Rubio is a major part of what they’re doing. If he has suffered a serious knee injury, which unfortunately is a real possibility, it would be a major blow to Cleveland, which currently sits as the East’s No. 5 seed with the league’s fourth-best point differential. 

In the closing minutes of of Cleveland’s 108-104 loss to the Pelicans on Tuesday, Rubio appeared to slip, and subsequenrtly his left knee gave out when he planted as he was driving through the paint. 

He went down in clear pain and grabbed at his knee immediately. 

Rubio was helped to the locker room by teammates and was not putting any weight on his knee. He was seen leaving the arena on crutches, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, who reported that Rubio will have an MRI on Wednesday. 

Rubio, who

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