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11-03-2013, 01:22 PM

Some folks thought this should be front page news for a while. This is most of what I posted in Old Dogs.

Ronny Turiaf played 3:07. I tuned in just in time to see him go down in a hard fall. They reported later hewas taken to the locker room with an elbow contusion. It looked really painful.

Bad News:


MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf is out indefinitely with a fractured right elbow.

Turiaf was injured Friday night in Minnesota's victory over Oklahoma City when he took a nasty spill after getting tangled up with Nick Collison. The Wolves initially called it a contusion. But an MRI on Saturday revealed the fracture.

Turiaf will not need surgery. But the team says he will be re-evaluated next week before it can determine how long he will be out. It's likely to be at least a few weeks, which puts a dent in the Timberwolves' frontcourt depth.


An MRI performed Saturday morning revealed a radial head fracture in backup center Ronny Turiaf’s right elbow. Turiaf will be re-evaluated next week to determine an approximate timetable for his return.

Turiaf was injured at the 10:17 mark of the second quarter of Friday's victory over Oklahame City when, off-balance, he crashed to the floor.


A radial head fracture isn't one of the most serious elbow injuries and recovery time is varied, but Turiaf should be out several weeks.

The team hopes to announce a timetable for Ronny Turiaf's recovery sometime in the next week.


MINNEAPOLIS -- Usually-jovial Ronny Turiaf left practice looking a little gloomy Saturday afternoon, his right arm in a sling and tucked inside his Timberwolves hooded sweatshirt.

The reserve center suffered a radial head fracture in his right elbow Friday during Minnesota's victory over Oklahoma City and is out until further notice. An MRI performed Saturday morning revealed the damage, and he'll be reevaluated next week.

Turiaf's injury doesn't appear serious. But it's still a bummer when an emotional leader takes a tumble, forward Corey Brewer said.

Those that didn't see all 6-foot-10, 241 pounds of Turiaf hit the floor hard after colliding with Thunder forward Nick Collison heard the impact Friday. The two were going up for a rebound, and Collison's momentum knocked Turiaf out of midair with 10:17 left in the second quarter.

After lying on his back for a brief moment, Turiaf got up under his own power and was escorted to the locker room. He didn't return.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, minor radial head fractures can be treated by splinting for one or two weeks. More serious incidents require surgery. The team hopes to announce a timetable sometime in the next week.

He'll be missed, coach Rick Adelman said.

"Ronny was just playing so well," Adelman said of Turiaf, who was not made available to the media Saturday. "It's unfortunate. I'm glad it's not anything serious, because he's really done a nice job for us. He's got experience. He could be on the court, and you look at the stat sheet and say, 'oh, he didn't do much,' but he does a lot."

That is most of what I posted in Old Dogs--I left out some repeated info.

(Mods, no need to move to old dogs---it's already there. I'd like folks to have a chance to see it here for a while.)


11-03-2013, 03:47 PM

Thx for being on top of this. As I said in the other post, let's leave it here, people should know.

Glad you posted the outlook, too. I thought that an elbow fracture was a very serious injury - like career threatening. I must have been thinking something else. Thx

11-07-2013, 08:47 AM
One of the fantasy sites--Rotoworld--said that Ronny was working out with trainers Wednesday, which could be a good sign.


11-08-2013, 10:20 PM
In tonight's game report, they said Ronny was due to be re-evaluated next week. (They had originally said he would be re-evaluated this week.)


12-18-2013, 09:16 AM
Somehow missed this:


Wolves' Budinger healing faster than Turiaf
Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune Updated: December 12, 2013 - 7:32 AM
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Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman delivered updates on injured forward Chase Budinger and center Ronny Turiaf before Wednesday’s home game against Philadelphia, each with a common message: patience.

Turiaf is shooting with that healing right elbow and has participated in offensive walk-throughs with his teammates but hasn’t practiced yet because he still doesn’t have full, pain-free motion in that arm. He was injured during a fall in the season’s second game, Nov. 1 against Oklahoma City.

“He’s not there at all yet,” Adelman said. “It’s just healing a lot slower than they anticipated. It’s just a slower process than the doctors thought and he thought. He’s getting better, but I think it will be a while yet.”

Budinger accompanied the team to Detroit for Tuesday’s game, the first time he has done that since returning from Florida after he had surgery there right when his teammates reported for training camp in October.

It once seemed certain that Turiaf would return before Budinger, but now …

“I don’t know,” Adelman said. “We’re hoping Chase can practice the next couple weeks and then we’ll see where he goes from there. Right now, they’re both unknown.”

Both players wore suits and sat behind the Wolves’ bench during Wednesday’s game.


12-29-2013, 10:16 AM
As of Dec. 26, a contact of Ronny's told Rotoworld (fantasy BB site) that Ronny was feeling much better and would be re-evaluated at the end of this month.


01-06-2014, 07:34 PM
Well, dang!

The scouting report said Ronny was not scheduled to return, but he did, and I didn't watch it.

He played 22:34. He had 0 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 fouls, 2 TO's 2 blocks. Guess the elbow is okay!

Here are some tweets:

Ronny Turiaf ‏@Ronny_Turiaf 1h
“@rickyrubio9: Great win tonight! Good to have @Ronny_Turiaf back!!!” - muchas Gracias amigo... vamos...! Lol... -

Ronny Turiaf ‏@Ronny_Turiaf 1h
GOSH... It feels good to be back out there....! Good Win... Thank you for the kind messages... Let's keep it up... #

Camden Pike ‏@camdenpike 1h
@Ronny_Turiaf glad to have ya back!!!!

Jesús Sánchez #11-PR ‏@jesus92_ab 1h
@Ronny_Turiaf I´m so happy for you and for watching you playing again :) Great first game
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Tracy Just ‏@tracyjust 1h
@Ronny_Turiaf great game and loved your dance! (Via @cjzero)http://youtu.be/mKiNR9NQtGc
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Christopher Yahnke ‏@ChrYahnke 1h
@Ronny_Turiaf @rickyrubio9 Can you now tweet this in the 6 other
languages you know?
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Tatiana Talar ‏@TatianaTalar 1h
@Ronny_Turiaf @rickyrubio9 happy you're back Ronnie!!!


01-06-2014, 08:27 PM
Total bummer!

After that scouting report, I did not watch but Ronny played over 22:34 He had 0 points. 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 fouls, 2 TO's, 2 blocks.


Oops. posted this info twice.


01-07-2014, 10:52 AM
Turiaf's Return Boosts Wolves' Bench

Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf has a subtle way of impacting games. If you go by the box score, you sometimes don’t get his full effect. He’s averaging 4.7 points per game for his career and to go along with 3.6 boards. On average in his career he’s played 16.8 minutes a game and hasn’t started a contest since 2011-12.

But there’s a reason why he’s been on six playoff teams during his eight seasons in the league. Turiaf brings intangibles and energy to the table that rub off on teammates, and his play fills gaps on the floor that are essential to winning games in the NBA.

Turiaf returned on Monday night during Minnesota’s 126-95 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia after missing the previous 31 games with a radial fracture of his right elbow. He played 23 minutes in the game and grabbed nine boards to go along with two blocks—all while not registering a point.

But that’s what makes Turiaf special. This Wolves team has bigs up front that can score. What they need is a steady body up front that can take some of the pressure off Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love to come into a game, snag rebounds, move the ball and protect the rim. And in the process, bring an intensity level to the game that can’t help but affect those around him.

It's a part of Turiaf's game that gets noticed by his teammates, including Love—the team's cornerstone. "I definitely felt appreciated, and it felt good to be welcomed back," Turiaf said. "To see [your] teammate happy, see your teammates excited for you, that's what this team sport is all about."

Heading into Wednesday’s game against the Suns, Minnesota is 3-0 when Turiaf is in the lineup with wins over Orlando, Oklahoma City and a win over a Sixers team that was riding a four-game winning streak.

Much more at the link.


01-09-2014, 08:09 AM
Ronny played in his 3rd game back from the elbow injury.

He played 14:37, had 5 point, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 foul.


01-10-2014, 10:27 PM
Ronny played 14:37. He had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 foul.


01-15-2014, 07:01 PM
Ronny played 15:25. He had 0 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks. I watched part of it, switching from Celtics to T Wolves. He looked good--and more important healthy.


01-17-2014, 07:15 PM
Ronny played 22:44. He had 6 points, 10 rebounds, 2 fouls, 1 block.

Austin was listed as DNP for the Raptors.