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Updated: October 9th, 2013 10:55pm
Kevin Martin exits preseason game as a precaution with sore Achilles

Kevin Martin exits preseason game as a precaution with sore Achilles

by Nate Sandell
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When it comes to potential injuries, the Timberwolves are playing it especially safe early in the preseason.

Guard Kevin Martin played the first six minutes of the Wolves' second game of the preseason Wednesday, a 101-89 victory at Toronto, before exiting for the rest of the night.

Martin was pulled as a precaution because of a sore right Achilles tendon, the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda reported. The Wolves newcomer dismissed it as nothing to worry about.

Martin left with four points (2-of-5) in his shortened outing, a follow-up to his 16-point showing (5-of-15) in the Wolves' overall lackluster preseason debut in an overtime loss to CSKA Moscow on Monday.

Martin is considered day-to-day and will wait to make the decision if he can play in the Wolves' second game in two days on Thursday night in Sioux Falls, S.D. against Milwaukee.

Picking it up

Coach Rick Adelman wasn't a happy camper Monday after watching his starters lumber through an energy-lacking first game

The Wolves gave him less of a reason to be unsettled north of the border Wednesday. Kevin Love chipped in a game-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds as the Wolves avoided another slow start, getting out to a quick first quarter lead.

Toronto drastically reversed the tempo in the second quarter to take a 59-55 halftime advantage, but Minnesota held the Raptors to just 30 points in the second half.

Nikola Pekovic added 12 points and eight rebounds to bolster the Wolves starters' total to 52 points before they were pulled late in the third quarter. DeMar DeRozan (17 points - 6-of-7) and Toronto's starting-five ultimately held up against the Wolves with 52 points of their own.

Barea, Cunningham back

J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham made their first preseason appearance after sitting out Monday's opener.

Barea returned to the team Tuesday following a brief absence due to personal reasons. The backup guard logged 22 minutes, plenty of time to put up 12 points (5-of-10) -- tops among the eight reserves the Wolves turned out.

Cunningham seems to finally have gotten over the flu, joining Barea on the second unit for much of the night (4-of-9, eight points, five rebounds).

Rookie time

While one rookie sat, the Wolves' other two logged their first minutes.

After only watching from the bench on Monday, center Gorgui Dieng and guard Lorenzo Brown came in with the backup crew in the fourth quarter that soundly preserved the Wolves' lead. Brown didn't score, but registered a plus-11 in his 17 minutes. He and Dieng both drew postgame praise from Adelman.

Meanwhile, Shabazz Muhammad, the Wolves' top 2013 draft pick, didn't see game time action. He played six minutes against CSKA Moscow.

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