By Ben Golliver
Golden State Warriors reserve forward Brandon Rush suffered a left knee injury during the first quarter of a Friday night game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Rush attempted to finish a dunk after receiving a pass from Klay Thompson in transition when Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph fouled him from behind, causing Rush to land awkwardly on his left knee. After landing, Rush immediately clutched his left knee in pain and required assistance in leaving the court. Rush underwent X-rays at Oracle Arena, according to CSNBayArea.com, and the Warriors announced that he would undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Update: On Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Rush's agent, Mark Bartelsein, said that his client tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2012-13 season.
“It’s devastating, but we’ll put a plan together with the Warriors’ medical team, and we’ll get him back to 100 percent,” Bartelstein said.
Generally speaking, ACL tears carry a nine-to-12 months recovery timeline. The Warriors confirmed the ACL tear and season-ending prognosis later Saturday.
"Thanks for all the prayers. I'll be alright," Rush wrote on his verified Twitter account on Friday night.
Randolph posted a message of support for Rush on his verified Twitter account after the game: "Wanna send my condolences to Brandon Rush praying for [you] brother."
Rush, 27, holds career averages of 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He's part of a Warriors wing core that includes Thompson, rookie Harrison Barnes and veteran Richard Jefferson. Look for Warriors coach Mark Jackson to lean more heavily on Barnes and Jefferson during Rush's absence.
Warriors assistant coach Pete Myers offered this assessment during an in-game interview televised on CSN: "[We fill the minutes], I think, by committee. We can slide Jarrett Jack in the backcourt with Stephen Curry, that works pretty good for us. Also, extend Harrison Barnes' minutes. We have a couple of bodies we could throw out there."
Rush signed a two-year contract worth $8 million over the summer and he holds a player option for next season.