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Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin out indefinitely with broken thumb

Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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Kevin Martin has been a bright spot for the Timberwolves this season, playing consistently well offensively to where he’s been their second leading scorer behind Kevin Love.

Minnesota has struggled to stay healthy, and is already without big man Nikola Pekovic, who’s out with an ankle injury until at least the All-Star break. Things got exponentially more difficult when the news about Martin broke before the team tipped off at home against the Blazers on Saturday.

From Mark Remme of Timberwolves.com:

The Timberwolves announced just before pregame on Saturday night that shooting guard Kevin Martin suffered a broken left thumb and will be sidelined indefinitely. The release said an update will be provided at an appropriate time.

Martin took an X-ray this morning at TRIA Orthopedics in Bloomington, which revealed a non-displaced fracture of the distal phalanx in his left thumb. The injury happened in the final minutes of last night’s 98-91 loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Love was out of Saturday’s contest as well with what was being described as a left quad contusion.

The Timberwolves were supposed to compete for a playoff spot in the West this season, but it’s tough without a full complement of the team’s best players. Minnesota is just five and a half games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference, so theoretically there’s still time if the team can get healthy and put together a run in the second half of the season.

Martin is averaging 19.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.3 minutes per contest.

  1. sportsfan18 - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I know they’re currently within the top 8 seeds for the playoffs and that they’ve had injuries (last yr and this yr too) and that this won’t help them, but this team has had the talent to make the playoffs (as a 7th or 8th seed).

    At some point you have to say it isn’t working. i know they’ve had different coaches and even changed G.M.

    All the changes they’ve undertaken to this point have still left them out of the playoffs.

    Time to shake up the apple cart in a completely different way as they’ve been like a hamster on a wheel in a cage, running and running but getting nowhere.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      …Actually, they’re currently the 11th seed and a full 6 games behind Dallas for the 8th seed.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        yeah, i forgot to type the “not”.

        good catch

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      They’re a flawed team.

      Martin – very good but won’t do anything but score – can’t play D, pass or rebound
      Brewer – very good off the bench but probably not a starting caliber SF in the NBA unless you have other bona fide wing players/PGs
      Love – BEAST but bad (maybe even terrible) defender
      Pekovic – BEAST but poor defender

      RUBIO is a liability. It’s not going to help when your starting PG shoots 36% from the field in his 3rd season. He has a very slow set shot and he can’t be relied on to stretch the floor and hit 3′s like a Calderon or Chalmers type of player. His court vision is overrated in the grand scheme of things. Team ball movement and being able to stretch the floor are what matter – look at the Blazers, Lillard isn’t a true PG.

      Solution: Start Barea for now, who can pass and stretch the floor. Get some defensive 2-way players who can play D and shoot 3s. Turiaf and even Dieng need to play more. Budinger is a little overrated and he’s not the long-term answer for their SF position.

  2. vikesdynasty - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Told everyone this team will implode. Now it’s only a matter of time. Sucks being a fan here in MN. If Rubio could shoot 40% we would probably be in the 7th or 8th spot but then our D sucks so probably not. Yay

    • casualcommenter - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      The loss of Kevin Martin is going to kill the Wolves’ floor spacing.

      The Wolves only have 2 players who have shot over 35% from 3 this season, and they are Kevin Martin and Kevin Love. Martin’s injury means the Wolves are now a team with only 1 guy who is an above-average threat from 3.

      So Rubio is going to find it even harder to find space to attack now than before, which doesn’t bode well for your offense.

      It’s a shame. I was looking forward to seeing what the Wolves could do this year, but it looks like another trip to the lottery.

  3. vikesdynasty - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Might as well tank right? Best draft in quite some time.

  4. joeyashwi - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    The Wolves were relevant one year of their existence. No wonder no players want to come here and if they are drafted here, want to leave. Kevin McHale singlehandedly gave the Celtics a championship roster on his way out of Minnesota, the Joe Smith draft pick forfeiting fiasco, Foye for Roy, drafting two point guards in the top six, the list goes on and on.
    I used to argue that Love wouldn’t leave but I can see that I’ll be wrong about that. Why would he stay on this cesspool of a team when he can be a role player on any of the top teams in the league. The Wolves will never be more than a developmental team for the rest of the league.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Kahn is the one who drafted two point guards in the top 6

  5. vikesdynasty - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Yeah good thing Kahn didn’t give Love that 5th year…..we better save it for Rubio? But yet you could’ve given both 5 years if you wanted right? The thunder did it for both KD and Westbrook I thought.

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