The Wolves got some good news today when x-rays on Kevin Martin’s right wrist were negative.
Martin jammed the wrist early in Wednesday’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers when he hit Lakers center Roy Hibbert coming off a screen.
It didn’t slow him down, though. Martin ended up scoring a season-high 37 points on 14-for-27 shooting. He hit on six of nine three-pointers, scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and 20 overall after the third quarter.
Was he worried?
“Yes, because of how it felt,” Martin said. “As long as there is no break…. It’s pretty painful. But, like I said last year at this time, I can play with pain, but I can’t play with a break. So I’ll just deal with the pain.’’
It was in November of last season that Martin hurt his wrist early in a game against New York. Martin finished out the game and scored 37 points. But when tests showed a break, Martin had surgery and was out for more than two months.
Martin is listed as probable by the Wolves, and expects to play Friday in Denver."That's the plan,'' he said.
The game was further proof that Martin’s November shooting slump might be over. After shooting 33.1 percent overall and 28.6 percent on three-pointers in 14 November games, Martin has rebounded in December. In four games he is shooting 46.7 percent overall, had hit nine of 13 three-pointers and is scoring 16.0 points per game.
“It was just fun hitting shots,” Martin said of Wednesday’s game. “Shots that I’ve been working on since I was 10 years old. They were going in last night. That was the fun part, and also winning was the fun part.’’