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MINNEAPOLIS -- Just when the Timberwolves thought they were finally getting healthy after a rash of injuries to key players spoiled another season in Minnesota, Shabazz Muhammad and Anthony Bennett both went down.

Muhammad will have season-ending surgery on his left middle finger and Bennett will miss at least the next two weeks with an injured right ankle, the team announced on Saturday.

Muhammad was becoming a key cog off the bench for the Wolves in his second season. After averaging just 3.9 points as a seldom-used rookie, Muhammad slimmed down over the summer, refined his offensive game and was enjoying a most improved year before getting injured.

He was averaging 13.5 points per game and his aggressiveness was rubbing off on rookie Andrew Wiggins. Muhammad also had some time in the starting lineup when the Wolves lost starters Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic for most of the first three months of the season.

Muhammad had 30 points and seven rebounds in a loss to Utah on Dec. 30, and topped 20 points eight times in a 21-game stretch before he went out with an abdominal injury last month. He missed 16 games with the injury, returned shortly before the All-Star break and played in the Rising Stars Challenge in Brooklyn before getting injured in his first practice back from the break.

After trading starting power forward Thaddeus Young to the Nets on Thursday for Kevin Garnett, Bennett and Muhammad figured to see the bulk of the action at that spot for the remainder of the season.
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12361014/shabazz-muhammad-minnesota-timberwolves-expected-miss-rest-season-finger-surgery
 
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