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Report: Wolves' Martin (broken thumb) out at least 2-3 weeks

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

As the season hangs in the balance for the Minnesota Timberwolves, having slid down the playoff ladder with various injuries to key players, it looks like shooting guard Kevin Martin will miss at least two-to-three weeks with a broken thumb that has kept him out of the past couple games. Sam Amick of USA Today is reporting that Martin will be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks as they wait for the non-displaced fracture in the thumb on his left hand heals.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin, who broke his thumb in a 98-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last Friday, has been evaluated by a hand specialist and, according to a person familiar with the diagnosis, will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because it had not been made public.

Martin signed with the Wolves for four years and nearly $28 million this offseason, after spending last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's averaging 19.0 points on 42.7 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from 3-point range. He's sixth in the NBA in free throw percentage at 87.9 percent.

The Wolves have struggled with injuries recently. Kevin Love missed a game with a thigh injury after taking a hard fall against the Los Angeles Lakers, Nikola Pekovic has missed eight straight games due to ankle bursitis, and Martin has missed the last two games. Since Pekovic went down, the Wolves have gone 2-6 and fallen to 11th in the Western Conference. They're 6.5 games back of the 8-seed at 24-28.

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