The Minnesota Timberwolves are still out of the eight playoff spots in the NBA’s Western Conference, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve been completely out of the race. The Wolves have been plateauing around .500 for much of the year, just outside the eighth seed waiting to hit their stride on an easier stretch in their schedule and shoot up the standings.
However, the Wolves are going to have a much harder time in the near future getting things on track. All-Star power forward Kevin Love has already been slowed over the past few games due to a couple of hard blows that he suffered in a recent contest and the team has been playing without center Nikola Pekovic as well. Now the Wolves have another injury to a key part of their rotation to deal with.
Prior to their loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, the Timberwolves announced that shooting guard Kevin Martin has a broken left thumb and will be out indefinitely for Minnesota.
In his first season with the Wolves since the team signed him this summer, Martin has been absolutely fantastic. In 48 appearances this year, Martin has averaged 19 points, 3.3 rebounds and two assists in 32.3 minutes per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the floor and 39.9 percent from long-range.
Martin has easily been the second most consistent offensive option for an offensive-minded Timberwolves team. He’s been a great compliment to pass-first point guard Ricky Rubio and to the inside-out game with Love and Pekovic due to his dangerousness on the perimeter. Without him and with the Wolves’ bench being inconsistent this season, expect their struggles to start mounting in the coming weeks.