The team announced about 20 minutes before Saturday’s game against Portland that shooting guard Kevin Martin sustained a broken bone in the tip of his left thumb and is out indefinitely. About five minutes later, it was revealed that Kevin Love wouldn’t be playing, either, due to a left-thigh contusion.
Both injuries occurred in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s loss at New Orleans.
After Minnesota returned to the Twin Cities early Saturday morning, an X-ray taken at TRIA Orthopedics in Bloomington, Minn., revealed a non-displaced fracture of the distal phalanx in Martin’s left thumb. No timeline for his return has been announced, but the team said his ailment won’t require surgery.
Love’s injury is less serious; he took a knee to the thigh from former Timberwolves forward Greg Stiemsma late Friday night. The NBA’s No. 4 scorer and No. 2 rebounder missed his second game in Minnesota’s past three outings, having sat out Wednesday at Oklahoma City due to a sore neck and back.
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