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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin out indefinitely with broken thumb

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Image courtesy of Joe Bielawa/Flickr.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced just before pregame on Saturday night that shooting guard Kevin Martin suffered a broken left thumb and will be sidelined indefinitely. The release said an update will be provided at an appropriate time.

Martin took an X-ray this morning at TRIA Orthopedics in Bloomington, which revealed a non-displaced fracture of the distal phalanx in his left thumb. The injury happened in the final minutes of last night’s 98-91 loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans.

This definitely shakes up the Wolves’ rotation on the wing, which had been stable all year long. Martin, who is in his first season with the Timberwolves, has appeared in 48 of the team’s 50 games and is averaging 19.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. NBA

This injury comes out a bad time for the Wolves who are currently six games out of a playoff spot despite having a plus/minus of +3.7. Minnesota will likely end this season without a playoff berth, and another series of offseasons questions about what it takes to get the most from the talented roster. – AL

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