Just as Shabazz Muhammad and his fellow Timberwolves thought the team was regaining its health, Muhammad injured a finger on his shooting hand. The Minnesota second-year man ruptured a ligament in his left middle finger, which will require surgery to repair.
The Associated Press reports that this surgery will end Muhammad’s season.
Muhammad's finger got caught in teammate Andrew Wiggins' jersey during a Wednesday practice.
"The knuckle kind of came out of place," Muhammad said to the Star Tribune. "I knew something was wrong. I continued to practice, but it was really hurting. The next day it swelled up on me."
The finger joints need to be able to move easily and freely while maintaining stability. Particularly in sports, fingers can be vulnerable to overextension and twisting injuries.
Muhammad has gone from averaging just 3.9 points per game his rookie year to 13.5 points and has become a reliable bench scorer. He even spent some time in the starting lineup.