Team's top-scorer joins Bibby, Abdur-Rahim among injured
The Sacramento Kings suffered another blow when leading scorer Kevin Martin left Tuesday's game against the Utah Jazz with a pulled groin muscle that is expected to sideline him four to six weeks, the team said on Wednesday.
The 6-7 Martin was averaging 24.5 points a game for the Kings (7-10), who were already missing starting point guard Mike Bibby with a thumb injury and forward Shareer Abdur-Rahim because of an ailing knee.
"Without Kevin, we definitely won't be as good," Kings small forward Ron Artest told the Sacramento Bee. "But we've got to hang in there. We've got to play every possession like it's our last."
The Kings persevered on Tuesday after Martin, 24, left the game at the end of the third quarter against the Jazz. John Salmons, a 6-6 forward, picked up the slack for Sacramento, scoring 13 consecutive points for the Kings, who had 43 points in the final quarter to beat Utah, 117-107.