Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Martin injured indefinitely

After picking up their first win in five games against the New York Knicks, the Minnesota Timberwolves got some horrible news. Kevin Martin the starting shooting guard for the Timberwolves fractured his wrist against the Knicks and is out indefinitely. This really hurts the Timberwolves, as Martin is the team’s leading scorer and is one of the few veterans on the team.
Incredibly, Martin actually got hurt in the first quarter in the game against the Knicks, and still ended up scoring 31 more points and to lead the Timberwolves to victory. Apparently, Martin didn’t realize anything was wrong until the game was over.
Much like last season the Timberwolves have a lot of guys injured early in the season. So far, the Timberwolves are missing Ricky Rubio with a sprained ankle, Nikola Pekovic with a sprained wrist and now Martin out also with a wrist injury. Not to mention that Thaddeus Young is also missing from the team because he is grieving his mother’s death. So right now, the Timberwolves are missing fou

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Timberwolves Injury Update: Kevin Martin may need right wrist surgery

The Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday by the score of 121-92. The blowout loss dropped the Timberwolves to 3-8 on the season, fourth in the Northwest Division. Anthony Bennett lead the Timberwolves with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting in 32 minutes off the bench. The Timberwolves were without Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, both out with wrist injuries. The bad news on Martin is that his wrist is fracture and he may need surgery.TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia Commons Rotoworld.com reported that  Martin will have his wrist examined in the coming days to determine whether or not he’ll need surgery. It appears that Martin will be out at least six weeks, which is a significant loss to the Timberwolves. In absence, expect Chase Budinger, Corey Brewer and Mo Williams see the majority of the minutes in the back court and small forward. Martin, in his 11th NBA season out of Western Carolina, is averaging 20.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season. The veteran guard has played f

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Kevin Martin Injury Opens Yet Another Door for Andrew Wiggins’ Development

This summer’s exile from the stacked and star-laden Cleveland Cavaliers was the first key to Andrew Wiggins’ early evolution.

The indefinite loss of Kevin Martin—the Minnesota Timberwolves’ leading scorer this season—now puts the spotlight on that evolution, perhaps paving the way for last June’s No. 1 overall draft pick to quickly establish his star credentials.

Just 10 games into his 11th season, Martin fractured his shooting hand with six minutes and 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 115-99 win against the New York Knicks. The 31-year-old remained in the game and scored 37 points—34 of which he tallied after the injury. Timberwolves PR tweeted the team’s injury-update press release:

“I realize the situation, and after the guys worked so hard after the horrible road trip we had,” Martin told reporters after the game. “Coach [Flip Saunders] challenged us in practice. There was never a thought to not playing. You have to get out there with your teammates and show them that you’re dedicated to being here.”

While Minnesota will miss Martin’s 20.4 points per contest (and exceptional 48.1 percent success rate from beyond the three-point arc), this young team can certainly take something away from Martin’s example.

And Wiggins can take something from his absence—namely the opportunity to become the Timberwolves’ first or second scoring option alongside eighth-year veteran Thaddeus Young.

It remains unclear just how long Martin will be out—or whether he’ll require surgery—but there’s suddenly a decent chance Wiggins and Co. will play much of the season without Martin and starting point guard Ricky Rubio, who’s sidelined until January or February with a sprained left ankle. Martin spent over two months recovering from a left wrist fracture back in 2009.

Though Wiggins’ minutes may remain largely unchanged at 27.1 per contest, his touches should increase significantly. Based on this season’s limited sample size, Martin and Rubio were averaging a combined 22.7 field-goal attempts per game prior to their respective injuries.

Wiggins won’t inherit all of those, but he’ll likely take more than the 9.3 shots he’s currently averaging. Currently converting on 44.1 percent of those shots, the 19-year-old has already proven a reasonably efficient scorer. 

Now we’ll find out just how much of the load he can carry.

While he’s already demonstrated strong defensive instincts, there are still questions about his offensive upside.

“We’ve put him on other team’s top players, defensively,” Saunders told reporters this month. “And does he get some lessons learned? No question. That’s what it means to be a rookie. But…he’s not trying to do too much—play within a system. He’s done it extremely well.

“People that have watched us play, we’ll see a three- or four-minute stretch where he’ll be able to take over a game offensively. Eventually, we’re hoping he’s going to be able to do that over the course of 48 minutes and not just three or four.”

Wiggins will continue to share playing time on the wing with Corey Brewer and Shabazz Muhammad (and, to some degree, with rookie combo-guard Zach LaVine), but he should become more of an offensive focal point while on the floor. Young is averaging 14.3 points per contest, while center Nikola Pekovic has tallied 11.9. Wiggins is currently the team’s fourth-most prolific scorer at 10.7 points per game.

Statistics aside, repetitions alone will pay dividends for the Kansas product.

Wiggins will draw more defensive attention on the perimeter without Martin and Rubio around. The more Saunders calls his number, the more comfortable Wiggins will become scoring under pressure. From decision-making to shooting form, only good things can come from that kind of unadulterated in-game experience.

As Saunders put it to media earlier this month, “There is growing pains. Listen, part of development, it’s just coming out and letting a guy play. It’s not just coming out and having the guy shoot jump shots at practice.”

No one expects Wiggins to realize his potential in the coming weeks and months. His playmaking ability has a long way to go, and his scoring aptitude will almost certainly improve dramatically with further polish. Even with two of Minnesota’s principal contributors out of action, Wiggins may not run away with any Rookie of the Year honors. 

And that’s perfectly fine.

This season is about the long term, about ushering Wiggins from his now complementary role to a more prominent one—and doing so patiently. A temporarily shorthanded lineup will help, especially as he navigates a balance between asserting himself and deferring.

“His greatest strength is that he is very much a team player, and he wants to play within a system,” Saunders said in October, per Fox Sports North’s Phil Ervin. “He’s got to know when he’s got to step out of the box a little bit and when he’s got to stay in the box.

“That comes with experience and time and us nurturing along those lines.”

There’s a reason this organization is willing to wait. By all accounts, Wiggins will be worth it. Some of the best in the business see it coming, including the likes of Dwyane Wade, who spoke with Wiggins after the Miami Heat’s 102-92 win against the Timberwolves earlier this month.

“He asked me if I wanted to be great,” Wiggins told reporters after the game. “I said ‘yes.’ He said I’ve got all the tools to be great, just keep working.”

It was an apparently formative moment.

“Those words at the end of the game just motivate me,” Wiggins added at the time. “Already I’m thinking about what he said, and it’s going to carry through for a long time now. 

“He’s one of the people I watched growing up, one of the people I idolized. That guy right there is great.”

Wade averaged an impressive 16.2 points, 4.5 assists and four rebounds in 34.9 minutes per contest in his first pro campaign, losing the Rookie of the Year race to LeBron James. Wiggins is younger than Wade was at the time, a still-raw specimen whose real ceiling remains unknown.

The coming months will offer a hint, and—more importantly—ample room for growth.

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Kevin Martin Injury: Updates on Timberwolves Guard’s Wrist and Recovery

Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin will be out of action for an indefinite period of time after suffering a wrist fracture during the team’s 115-99 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

The team’s official public relations feed on Twitter provided a statement, which suggested a clearer timetable should emerge after further evaluation:

Despite suffering the injury in the opening quarter, Martin would go on to score a game-high 37 points in the win.

Martin leads the 3-7 Wolves in scoring at a shade over 20 points per game. He was also averaging around 30 minutes per contest in the team’s first 10 games of the season. Those minutes will likely be split among several players, including Corey Brewer and Mo Williams, for as long as he’s sidelined.

 

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Kevin Martin fined $15,000 for doing ‘Big Ball Dance’ (Video)

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin hit a 3-pointer against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night to give his team a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter. It was the type of moment that warrants a manly celebration, one that wound up costing Martin $15,000. The NBA announced on Monday that Martin has been fined…Read More

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Timberwolves’ Martin fined $15K for crude gesture (Yahoo Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 1: Kevin Martin #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves prepares to shoot a free throw against the Chicago Bulls on November 1, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has fined Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin $15,000 for what the league called an ”obscene gesture” during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls.


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Kevin Martin Fined $15K for Obscene Gesture Made During Bulls vs. T’Wolves

Kevin Martin is going to need to find a different celebration after making big shots. 

The Minnesota Timberwolves guard was fined by the NBA for what has been deemed to be an “obscene gesture” after hitting a shot against the Chicago Bulls. Paul Garcia of Project Spurs has more:

Michael Lee of The Washington Post adds:

Here was the shot in question:

The NBA has cracked down on players that do the dance first popularized by Sam Cassell during his playing days. Last January, Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic was fined, as Marc Stein of ESPN reported at the time:

One would guess Martin would steer clear of the dance going forward after being hit with such a hefty fine.

The 31-year-old has been quite good for the Timberwolves thus far, averaging 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two games this season. In 68 games in 2013-14 with the T’Wolves, he averaged 19.1 points and shot 38.7 percent from three-point range.    

With Kevin Love now in Cleveland, much of the scoring onus for this team will fall on the back of Martin, and his clutch shot against the Bulls proved, at least for one night, that he’s up to the task.

Even if he’s a little lighter in the wallet. 

 

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Timberwolves Injury Update: Kevin Martin and Shabazz Muhammad expected to practice sometime this week

The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their first two games of the preseason coming off a 40-42 record last season. At 26th in the league in points allowed last season, the Timberwolves need to improve on their defense to compete in the division and conference. On the injury front, Kevin Martin and Shabazz Muhammad are expected to practice this week, but it’s uncertain whether or not either will play on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia CommonsI reported on October 6 that Martin would miss the first preseason game against the Indiana Pacers with an abductor strain. Kent Youngblood, sports writer at StarTribune.com, tweeted the following on Martin and Muhammad.Flip Saunders said he expects both Martin and Shabazz to be able to practice at some point this week, Muhammad as early as Sunday.— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) October 11, 2014Muhammad played 25 minutes in the preseason opener, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds in 25 minutes. …

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Coach Martin sees improvement for South Carolina

South Carolina coach Martin hopes offseason improvement leads to winning basketball season

      
 

 

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Timberwolves Injury Update: Kevin Martin declared out for Tuesday’s game with abductor strain

The Minnesota Timberwolves approach the first preseason game coming off a season in which they won 40 games, third in the Northwest Division. Although strong on the offensive end of the court, the Timberwolves were 26th in points allowed at 104.3 points per game. The team will be without Kevin Martin for the first preseason game due to an abductor strain. TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia CommonsJerry Zgoda, who covers the Timberwolves for the Star Tribune, tweeted the following on Martin’s status.KMartin didn’t practice today because of that injury, now being called an abductor strain, and won’t play Tues at Indiana— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) October 5, 2014With Martin out of the lineup, expect Alexey Shved to see additional playing time, as well as Glenn Robinson III and perhaps Robbie Hummel and Shabazz MuhammadMartin appeared in 68 games with the Timberwolves last season and averaged 19.1 points and three rebounds per game. The 10-year NBA veteran has played for the Sacramento Kings, Houston

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