Wolves' Kevin Martin out 'indefinitely' with fracture in his thumb
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The bad news keeps piling up for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Prior to tip-off Saturday night against Portland, the Wolves revealed guard Kevin Martin is out "indefinitely" after suffering a fracture in his left thumb on Friday in the final minutes of Minnesota's loss to New Orleans.
Martin underwent an MRI Saturday that revealed a "non-displaced fracture" in the thumb of his non-shooting hand.
There is no timetable on Martin's return, but expectations are that it won't be until some point after next week's All-Star break. The Wolves' play their final game of the season's first half Wednesday against Denver before returning to action one week later.
Martin's injury is another significant blow for the Wolves, who are already struggling to keep themselves in the Western Conference playoff picture. Friday's loss to the Pelicans dropped them two games below the .500 mark.
Nikola Pekovic has been out almost two weeks with a sore right ankle. When he will be back remains a mystery. Coach Rick Adelman said pregame Saturday he assumes Pekovic will miss the Wolves' last three games before the All-Star game. He has now missed seven games due to the ankle injury.
And to make matters worse, minutes after the news of Martin's status, the Wolves announced Kevin Love would miss Saturday's game due to a left quad contusion. Love has taken a beating in the games since Pekovic went down, battling through a multitude of injuries and nagging soreness
Love made no mention of not being able to play Saturday when he spoke to reporters pregame, saying only he is "continuing to fight through it, trying to shake off all these bad feelings I have in my body"
On Tuesday against the Lakers, Love took a hard fall in the fourth quarter, slamming his head and hip into the ground after taking a hit. He said he was still feeling "disoriented" when he took the court Friday at New Orleans. He ended up adding another area of soreness to his list later that night after getting hit in the knee in collision with the Pelicans' Greg Stiemsma.
As a result, he opted to sit out one night later.
Forward Dante Cunningham started in place of Love, while Budinger filled Martin's spot.