Minnesota Timberwolves have confirmed they will be without Kevin Martin for six to eight weeks after the shooting guard required surgery on a fractured right wrist.
Injury build up
The 31-year-old’s injury has given the Timberwolves an almighty headache after Martin joined starting guard Ricky Rubio on the injury list.
Rubio is out indefinitely with a sprained left ankle and Minnesota will now have to dig deep into their roster, with either Zach LaVine or Mo Williams taking a starting berth until the new year.
According to espn.com, Martin took a heavy blow to his right wrist when he was fouled midway through the first quarter against the New York Knicks last Wednesday.
After medical examinations revealed the full extent of the injury it was decided surgery was his best option. Early forecasts for his return were put at six to eight weeks at best.
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Head coach of the Timberwolves Flip Saunders has lost one of his star offense players in a team which seriously lacks quality in attack. Martin was averaging 20.4 points per game from a 48.1 percent on 3-pointers so far this season.
Despite playing with an injured wrist, Martin was still able to net 34 points during his side’s 115-99 victory over the Knicks. It is unlikely Saunders will look to bring in cover from outside the team for such a short period, so it will be up to LaVine and Williams to fill the boots of Martin while he is out.
The Timberwolves host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night after suffering a frustrating start to the NBA season. Minnesota possess a 3-9 season record and sit fourth in the Northwest Western Conference, seven games behind leaders Portland.