Martin suffers sprained left ankle
April, 9, 2013
By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com
Al Bello/Getty ImagesKenyon Martin experienced another setback in the Knicks' 13th straight win on Tuesday at the Garden.The Knicks have announced that Kenyon Martin suffered a sprained left ankle in their 120-99 win over the Wizards on Tuesday night.
"He's just got a severe sprain," Mike Woodson said after the game. "It's a possibility he's out for Thursday [against the Bulls]."
X-rays on the injury, which occurred at the start of the fourth quarter, were negative.
Entering Tuesday, Martin was listed as questionable for tonight's game due to a sore left knee. He had missed the two previous games.
Before facing the Wizards, Woodson said that Martin would be restricted to 20 minutes. While he only reached 18 tonight, the coach sounded regretful after the game. Martin, who finished with two blocks, three rebounds and a big alley-oop dunk from Carmelo Anthony, started the fourth quarter with his team up 24 points.
"In hindsight, maybe I should've pulled him out, but I can't sit here and cry over it," Woodson said. "It happened and I've just got to get him back. That's the bottom line."
When his teammates saw Martin go down, Raymond Felton started shaking his head, saying to himself, "Not another guy. We need everyone when we make this playoff push." J.R. Smith called seeing his former Nuggets running mate crumble to the floor and start banging the court in pain "a tough situation."
There's no timetable yet for Martin's return, but Smith said that even if Martin isn't fully healthy for the start of the postseason, the 13-year veteran will not want to miss it.
"I'm sure he will [play]," Smith said. "If worst comes to worst, even if he's not 100 percent, he'll tough it out. He's tremendously strong-minded."
After the game, Anthony spent time in the training room with Martin and said "his spirits are a little down right now." But the Knicks' star told his longtime teammate, from Denver to New York, not to rush coming back.
"I just tried to stress to him, 'We need him now, but at this point, we'd rather you just get healthy first for the end of the season.'"
Melo joked that he'd rather continue playing center without Martin.
In other injury-related news, starting center Tyson Chandler didn't play tonight. The center has been dealing with a small bulging disk in his neck, and he's listed as day to day.
The Knicks are already without four other injured big men: Amar'e Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.
"We've got to get Rasheed and Tyson, and all of our bigs back," Woodson said. "We've got to somehow get a few of them back, but we've got time. We've got five games left. That means [Chris] Copeland and [Steve] Novak have got to play big. That's all."