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Big Al tears ACL

Former Boston Celtic/Minnesota Timberwolves [1] big man Al Jefferson [2] is out indefinitely after tearing his ACL during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets [3], according to multiple reports. An MRI revealed the extent of the injury on Monday. Jefferson, who received a standing ovation at the Garden earlier this month, was having a breakthrough season. He was averaging 23.1 points and 11.0 rebounds through 50 games. No date for surgery has been set. Jefferson was the centerpiece for the Kevin Garnett [4] trade in 2007.

In a statement on Timberwolves.com [5], head coach Kevin McHale [6] said, “This is an unfortunate situation for Al and we wish him a quick recovery. Al has been playing at an all-star level all season and has been our go-to-guy on the court. Knowing Al, he will work hard in his rehab efforts to get back on the court as soon as possible.”