Cartier Martin knows that this would’ve been a good opportunity for him to see some quality minutes with the Wizards’ injury-depleted roster. But if anything, Martin said, his absence the past five games is evidence of just how painful the patella tendinitis in his right knee has been.
“It’s really been tough for me, sitting out,” said Martin. “I don’t like missing games at all, if I don’t have to. With the little injury that I have, it’s something that I was basically forced to.”
Martin said he expects to return for the Wizards’ game on Sunday afternoon against New Jersey at Verizon Center after missing the past five games. He started to feel some discomfort earlier this month but elected to stop playing after getting just two minutes in a loss to Detroit on March 6.
“I couldn’t continue to go on. I had to give it a rest. I let it heal and I’m looking forward to being back soon,” said Martin, averaging 4.1 points in 45 games this season. “After the Minnesota game, I tweaked it in that game. I tried to give it a go the next game in Detroit, but it just wasn’t feeling right. The trainers looked into it and said, give it a little bit more rest, strengthen it a little bit. Now it’s back to 100 percent. I’m ready to go man.”
Martin’s return could add another perimeter shooter for a team that has been awful from beyond the three-point line during their six-game losing streak. Martin, who connects on 40 percent of his shots from long distance, hit two huge three-pointers in the Wizards’ last win over Minnesota, but since then the team has shot just 19.7 percent (15 for 76) from beyond the arc.