Martin scored 11 points but was just 4-of-11 from the field in 32 minutes in Monday's win over Philadelphia. It was his first game since moving into the starting lineup at shooting guard. Martin continues to struggle with his shot as he's shooting just 32.7 percent from the field over his last ten games. Minnesota had hoped a move to the starting lineup would help him get in more of a rhythm, but that wasn't the case Monday. Still, he should see an increase in minutes with a move to the starting lineup.
Martin is expected to enter the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Sixers, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports. Martin is moving into the starting lineup, as coach Sam Mitchell is looking for a stronger scoring presence in his starting group. Martin is shooting a career-low 36 percent from the field and just 25 percent from the three-point line, but it looks as if he's still going to get a bunch of shots off now that he's moving into the starting lineup. With Martin listed as a starter, Tayshaun Prince is expected to move into a bench role.
Martin scored eight points (2-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and contributed four rebounds and a steal over 23 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Heat. Martin has routinely put up double-digit shot attempts for the Timberwolves this season despite starting in only one of his 10 appearances, but that's not necessarily a good thing for fantasy owners looking for stability in their overall field-goal percentage. The veteran shooter has been far from accurate of late, knocking down just five of 26 shots and misfiring on all eight of his three-point tries over the last three games. These type of slumps aren't foreign to volume gunners like Martin, but can often cost owners a category in a given week.
Martin will start Tuesday's game against the Hornets, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports. With Andrew Wiggins sitting out with a knee injury, Martin will take his spot in the starting lineup. Martin is averaging 17.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists over 27 minutes per game this season off the bench, but could see his minutes, as well as his overall production increase with Wiggins sidelined. As soon as the Timberwolves get back to full health, look for Martin to move back into a reserve role off the bench.
Martin scored 13 points and was 4-of-11 from the field in 24 minutes in Monday's win over Atlanta. Martin had missed Saturday's game due to a personal issue, but was back to his usual role as a top option off the bench.
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