The Minnesota Timberwolves announced today that Kevin Martin is sidelined indefinitely after an MRI revealed a fracture in his right wrist. Here's text from the press release.
Minneapolis/St. Paul - An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken at Mayo Clinic Square on Kevin Martin's right wrist revealed a fracture. He will be sidelined indefinitely. Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.
The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota's 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.
Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line.
Obviously, this really couldn't come at a more inconvenient time. Four of the Wolves opening day starters are sidelined for an indefinite amount of time - Ricky Rubio, Thaddeus Young, Nikola Pekovic and now Martin.
In his column at the Star Tribune, Jerry Zgoda states surgery likely is the fastest way to get Martin back on the court, perhaps in four to six weeks.
Alan Horton's tweet reveals Martin was still effective against the New York Knicks even after he suffered the injury.
Technically, Martin scored 31pts & shot 12 of 16 & 5 of 9 from deep AFTER suffering the fracture in his right wrist vs. Knicks.— Alan Horton (@WolvesRadio) November 21, 2014
Just goes to show how bad the Knicks really are..
Kevin Martin fractured his wrist in the first quarter but didn’t want to miss a chance at playing the Knicks. Scored 37 points anyways.— Daniel (@benchwarmerdan) November 21, 2014
The Wolves are down to 10 active players for tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs. They could apply for a hardship exemption, which would allow them to sign two additional players for the time being, but Flip Saunders has said the NBA doesn't hand those out like candy. Depending how long Nikola Pekovic plans to miss, the Wolves could very well look into signing additional players in the near future.
We don't know much else, yet.