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November 5, 2009
Martin hopes to wake up with a decison

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With an agonizing decision to make and a broken left wrist to deal with, Kevin Martin hopes a good night's sleep can help him come to a decision.

Martin could miss six-to-eight weeks after an MRI of his left wrist showed a non-displaced hairline fracture of the navicular bone.

Martin has three options to deal with this injury:

1. He can have his wrist put in a cast for six-to-eight weeks.
2. He can have surgery with screws inserted and miss eight weeks.
3. He could try to play through the pain, like he did Wednesday night against Atlanta.

"I'm going to turn the phone of early tonight and get some good sleep on it and I'll to make a decision on it tomorrow," Martin said.

Martin is sure to receive several texts and calls advising him of what he should do. Martin certainly didn't expect to learn he had a broken wrist, especially after playing with it Wednesday.

And even though Martin hasn't decided what he'll do, the team has to begin thinking about what to do without him.

I can't imagine coach Paul Westphal is going to sleep well after what has been a long day that started with Andres Nocioni's arrest for suspicion of drunken driving, the team waiving Desmond Mason and news about Martin at the end of practice.

"That certainly put the icing on the cake for down news today," Westphal said.

The team practiced with Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih playing together in the backcourt today, a look that could become the norm if Martin is out for two months.

Westphal's plans to play Udrih and Evans together before the season were about flexibility, now that backcourt could become a necessity.

Then again, Westphal could opt to keep Udrih as a reserve, as he did when Martin missed two exhibition games. Rookie Omri Casspi started in place of Martin in both games.

New addition Ime Udoka will be in uniform for Saturday's game in Utah, but it's hard to envision Westphal starting Udoka after two days of practice.

There will probably be minutes for Sergio Rodriguez and perhaps Donte' Greene if Martin is out.

We'll have a better idea when Martin wakes up in the morning.

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