Knicks forward Kenyon Martin suffered a left ankle sprain Tuesday night in the fourth quarter of the Atlantic Division clinching win over the Washington Wizards after coming down from a rebound. Martin went in to the fourth quarter with the Knicks leading by 24 points. He scored two points, three rebounds, a steal, and two blocks in 18 minutes of play.
Although X-rays on the power forward's ankle came back negative, coach Mike Woodson is calling Martin's ankle sprain severe and says the 35 year old will miss several games. He had missed the previous two games because of a sore left knee.
"In hindsight, maybe I should have pulled him out, but I can't sit here and cry over it. It happened, and I've just got to get him back. That's the bottom line," said Woodson.
Teammate J. R. Smith feels the big man will be back for the playoffs, whether he's healthy or not. "I'm sure he will play. If worst comes to worst, even if he's not 100%, he'll tough it out. He's tremendously strong-minded."
The Knicks have been riding a 13 game winning streak with players who are all mostly wounded and playing less than 100%. They signed Martin to a 10 day contract on February 21st. After performing well in his brief audition, he signed a second 10 day contract on March 5, and then for the remainder of the season 10 days later. In 18 games played for the Knicks this season, Martin is averaging 7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 23.9 minutes per game.
Reference: CBS New York.
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