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Updated: December 16th, 2013 10:56pm
Dante Cunningham injures left ankle in loss at Boston, Martin sits out

Dante Cunningham injures left ankle in loss at Boston, Martin sits out

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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A twisted left ankle has Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham's status in doubt.

On first glance, it did not look good.

After elevating to secure a loose ball in the fourth quarter of the Wolves' 101-97 loss at Boston on Monday, Cunningham came down awkwardly on his left ankle, appearing to bend it severely.

Following several moments writhing on the floor in obvious pain, Cunningham limped to the bench.

One good sign was that Cunningham was able to walk with no assistance to the locker room, where he was looked at by the team's trainer. The backup forward returned to the bench a few minutes later but was not an option to reenter the game.

Afterward in his postgame press conference, coach Rick Adelman did not know the severity of the injury, but admitted he expects Cunningham will miss playing time (Minnesota's next game is Wednesday against Portland).

"I'm sure he's gonna be out. Someone's gonna have to step up," Adelman said on the FSN broadcast.

Losing Cunningham, even for one or two games, would be a significant blow to the Wolves' bench. Cunningham, usually Adelman's first sub, leads Minnesota in minutes and rebounds off the bench (19.7 min, 4 rpg).

Before being forced out of the game, Cunningham led the Wolves bench's season-high outburst with 12 of the second unit's 45 points. It ultimately all went to waste, as the Wolves couldn't hold up in the final minutes, falling one game below .500 (12-13) in what was a key opportunity missed.

Kevin Martin sits

Nursing lingering pain in his left knee, guard Kevin Martin opted to sit out Monday.

The same knee has bothered Martin on and off this season. It slowed him down in the 19 minutes he logged in the Wolves' road victory Sunday against Memphis, adding up to his first scoreless game since Feb. 14, 2012.

Prior to tip-off in Boston, Martin told the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda that the knee is "something I've got to get right."

"There's a lot of pain in the knee," Martin said. "It's time I've got to get it right."

Rookie Robbie Hummel started in place of Martin. Hummel was used at small forward, while swingman Corey Brewer shifted into the two-spot.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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In this story: Corey Brewer, Dante Cunningham
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