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Minnesota's Ridnour likely to miss at least one game with ankle injury

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And then there was one.

As in one healthy Minnesota Timberwolves point guard.

And that guy is rookie Malcolm Lee, a second-round draft pick last summer.

Three weeks after Ricky Rubio was lost for the season because of two torn knee ligaments, starting point guard by default Luke Ridnour went down late in the third quarter of Monday's 116-108 loss at Sacramento, clutching the right ankle he turned badly when he landed on another player's foot.

Ridnour didn't play the rest of the game, and he likely will miss at least Wednesday's home game against the Golden State Warriors.

"It's something we didn't need," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said, "but I think we had some guys play the second half. Our team is committed. We're not going to quit on the season. That's what I told them. I don't care what happens with the playoffs. We're not going to quit on the season, and it's up to the people we have right now."

Suddenly, the Wolves' aim doesn't seem to be the franchise's first playoff berth since 2004 anymore, but rather just finishing the season strong enough to get the team's first victory in April since 2009, for starters.

"Everybody seems to be hurt right now," forward Kevin Love said. "We just want to keep fighting. It's tough for us right now. We can still win games. Maybe not make the playoffs, but we can still make it a good season for us."

The Wolves now have lost three consecutive games, six of their last eight and are 4-11 since Rubio went down clutching his knee in pain after tearing two ligaments against the Lakers on March 9.
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