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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Progress Reports for Minnesota Timberwolves Newcomers

The 10-game sample size may be small, but the Minnesota Timberwolves newcomers have underperformed. 

The Wolves acquired Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Andrew Wiggins in the blockbuster trade of the summer. They also added depth at the point by drafting Zach LaVine and signing veteran Mo Williams.

These offseason acquisitions put the Wolves in a weird limbo between winning now with skillful veterans and looking to rebuild around a young core. 

So far this season, the younger players have been unable to live up to expectations, and the veterans on this team have underperformed offensively. 

These new Wolves haven’t been in the pack for long, but Judgment Day is upon them.

OK, it’s only a progress report.

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New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

The New York Knicks will look to rebound from a heartbreaking Tuesday night loss to the Milwaukee Bucks when they take on the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center Wednesday night.

Down by 26 points in the third quarter, the Knicks rallied to trim the Bucks’ lead to two late in the fourth quarter. However, Milwaukee made its free throws down the stretch to put New York away for good.

The Knicks may catch a break against the Timberwolves, however, as Minnesota is extremely short-handed.

Already without Ricky Rubio (ankle), the Wolves will also be missing Nikola Pekovic (wrist) and Thaddeus Young (personal leave), per Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.

The Timberwolves have lost five straight games and have lost their last three home meetings with New York.

Catch all of the action at 8 p.m. ET on either MSG or Fox Sports North.

Be sure to keep it right here as Bleacher Report provides you with live coverage throughout the game.

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Minnesota Timberwolves: Five reasons Shabazz Muhammad needs more minutes

The Minnesota Timberwolves have a young roster with a lot of potential, and one of these players is Shabazz Muhammad. This is Muhammad’s second season with the team, after he was drafted out of UCLA in the first round. However, even though Muhammad is a young player on a team that is rebuilding, he still isn’t getting much playing time.
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Part of the reason for this is that he plays the same position as Andrew Wiggins, who the Timberwolves are trying to get as many minutes as possible so he can refine his game. However, Muhammad should still be getting playing time, as he continues to look good whenever he is in.
Here are the five reasons Muhammad should see more minutes:
1) Muhammad worked hard all summer to improve with an intense conditioning program and he continues to hustle his tail off whenever he is in. Even when Muhammad isn’t playing his best, he still has a positive impact on the floor, as he makes the hustle plays, whether it is going for a loose ball or drawing a charge.
2)

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Nikola Pekovic Injury: Updates on Timberwolves Center’s Wrist and Return

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said center Nikola Pekovic will miss at least the next week after suffering a sprained wrist.   

Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reported the injury from Minnesota’s practice on Tuesday:

News of Pekovic’s injury comes after the big man played just 12 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 131-117 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday. While Youngblood and others reported Saunders did not sit Pekovic because of an injury, this would indicate otherwise. Pekovic had played at least 28 minutes in all but two appearances so far this season.

With Pekovic on the shelf, second-year center Gorgui Dieng will step into the starting lineup. Dieng was the beneficiary of Pekovic’s absence Saturday, putting up 12 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes. The former Louisville star averaged 12.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game across 18 games (15 starts) in which he received extended playing time with Pekovic out last season.

It’ll be interesting to see if history can repeat itself. If it does, the Timberwolves, who at 2-7 are already looking toward the future, may have an interesting dilemma on their hands.

 

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6 Best Trade Destinations for Minnesota Timberwolves’ Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer may not be with the Minnesota Timberwolves for too much longer. 

“The Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off heavy back-to-back losses in New Orleans and Dallas and in the latest indication of their growing focus on the future, are in active trade discussions with multiple contending teams pursuing veteran swingman Corey Brewer, according to league sources,” reports ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, revealing the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have emerged as the primary suitors for the 28-year-old’s services. 

So long as the Wolves can receive future assets in return, it makes sense for them to shop Brewer. After all, trading him would free up minutes for the many young players on Minnesota’s roster, as well as clear the books a bit and save the organization some money. It’s Shabazz Muhammad, Glenn Robinson III, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins who are the future of this franchise on the wings after all. 

Brewer, a small forward who can also play the 2, is averaging 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals through nine outings in 2014-15, but it’s production that would be best utilized by a different team. Plus, we know he can do more when he’s not playing behind Wiggins and receiving only 22.9 minutes per game.

Chances are, Brewer will be dealt to a contender in need of some perimeter defense and transition offense, if he’s moved at all. But which squads present the best fit for his talents?

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Minnesota Timberwolves: Wrapping up an abysmal week for the team

This past road trip was very bad for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Technically, this road trip was broken up by a home game, but that game was held in Mexico, so really the Timberwolves have had six straight away games, and only managed to pull away one win from their long road trip.
The worst part of this road trip was definitely this week, as the Timberwolves went 0-3, losing by an average of about 24 points. Additionally, against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Timberwolves set a franchise record for the most lopsided loss in franchise history, as they lost by 48 points.
The Timberwolves terrible recent stretch is a result of injury, youth, inconsistent offense and horrible defense. Ricky Rubio’s injury continues to really limit the team’s ability to run an effective offense. Also, these last few games the Timberwolves haven’t had Thaddeus Young because his mom died and he is dealing with her death with his family. Young’s absence takes away a veteran presence and one of their main scorers, which is an

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Corey Brewer Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation on Timberwolves Swingman

Minnesota Timberwolves guard-forward Corey Brewer has been a consistent player since returning to Minnesota. However, the franchise is reportedly looking to move Brewer to a playoff contender.

Two of the teams in the discussion for the veteran are the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets. Marc Stein of ESPN passed along the report Sunday:

Stein noted more information for both the Cavaliers and Rockets:

Brewer, 28, was initially drafted by the Timberwolves in the 2007 NBA draft with the seventh overall pick. After three-plus seasons with the team, he had stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets before coming back to Minnesota in the 2013-14 season.   

Zach Lowe of Grantland.com shared his thoughts on the reports:

After starting 81 games and posting 12.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last season, Brewer has seen his role reduced this year. His minutes have gone down from 32.2 to 22.9 per game and he’s only averaging 9.8 points.

If he does head to a contender like the Cavs or Rockets, Brewer would immediately add depth at the guard position. The veteran has also played in 19 playoff contests, so he would bring experience in the postseason.

Kevin Martin has been the main shooting guard for Minnesota this season, so the team would simply lose some depth if he is dealt away. The franchise is looking to get young with Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Anthony Bennett on the roster, so a trade might further benefit the team moving forward.

 

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Timberwolves’ Thad Young out after mother’s death

Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young out at least 2 games after mother’s death

      
 

 

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks 11/15/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Dallas Mavericks looked to continue their recent run of success on Saturday night when they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The sharpshooting Mavs had won two straight and three of their last four, and faced a reeling T-Wolves squad that had dropped four straight.

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