Kevin Martin was injured during the Wolves second win against the Utah Jazz with a lacerated pinkie. Martin reportedly practiced and is all set to play against Golden State this evening. Despite shooting below 38% from the field (and just 25% from three) over the last five games — Wolves coach Rick Adelman has acknowledged the need for Martin to be the perimeter offensive threat that keeps the Wolves frontcourt free to operate.
“He’s got to shoot the ball,” Adelman said. “I don’t care if it’s bad or good, he’s got to shoot the ball. He can get on a run. The two people who can get on a run like that [on the Wolves roster] are the two Kevins.’’
That would be Kevin Love and Martin.
Adelman has been looking for the aggressive Martin from earlier this season to return. The message appears to be getting through. At halftime of the Wolves’ game at Toronto on Friday, Adelman and Martin talked.
“He came up and said, ‘Do you see anything?’ ’’ Adelman said. “I said, ‘Yeah, you’re just not going into your shot. You’re cruising into your shot. Drifting into it. Hesitating.’ ’’
The Wolves lost the game. But Martin might have turned a corner. He scored 16 points in the second half on 5-for-8 shooting. And then he had the big first half Saturday, a game in which he was much more assertive.