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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Martin sits out game vs. Minnesota due to injury

Martin, who suffered a right quad contusion on Wednesday at Atlanta, hopes to return to lineup for Christmas Day game at Miami
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 20, 2012

Kevin Martin was held out of Thursday's 99-93 loss at Minnesota because of a right quad contusion, and without its sixth man the Thunder's bench struggled mightily.

Martin injured his leg late in the game at Atlanta on Wednesday and was visibly in discomfort after the game. Thunder coach Scott Brooks, however, announced before the Wolves game that Martin would be unavailable.

Martin said the injury is not believed to be severe and added he hopes to play at Miami in the Thunder's matchup against the Heat on Christmas.

Without Martin, the Thunder's bench was outscored 22-7 against the Wolves. The Thunder's subs combined to shoot 3-for-9 from the field, while securing just seven rebounds, zero assists and committed three turnovers and seven fouls.

WESTBROOK EXPRESSES INTEREST IN DUNK CONTEST

The slam dunk contest at this year's NBA All-Star Weekend could have one of the game's most explosive athletes participating.

Russell Westbrook on Thursday expressed his interest in someday joining the field but said he wasn't sure if he will participate in Houston this year.

“It's up in the air,” Westbrook said about this year's dunk competition. “I would (like to) before it's too late. But I don't know where I'm going to feel like doing it or not.”

Westbrook, as he has in the past, insisted that he is more of a “game dunker” rather than a dunk contest dunker. Typically, that means a player impresses more with power and by posterizing opposing players as opposed to planning out dunks weeks, if not months, in advance.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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