The New York Knicks extended their winning streak to 13 games Tuesday night with a 120-99 victory over the Washington Wizards, but they may have lost more than they won.
Knicks’ forward Kenyon Martin returned to the lineup after missing a pair of games with a left knee injury, but had to leave the contest with a sprained left ankle.
Martin was listed as questionable before the game, but the Knicks elected to run him out there as he was the only big man in uniform with Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace already injured.
The injury occurred at the start of the fourth quarter and X-rays were negative.
“He’s just got a severe sprain,” Mike Woodson told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling ”It’s a possibility he’s out for Thursday [against the Bulls].”
Before the game Woodson said that Martin would be restricted to only 20 minutes because of the knee injury, and while he played only 18 on Tuesday night, K-Mart was on the floor in the fourth quarter with the Knicks holding a 24 point lead.
“In hindsight, maybe I should’ve pulled him out, but I can’t sit here and cry over it,” Woodson also told Zwerling. “It happened and I’ve just got to get him back. That’s the bottom line.”
It’s like a broken record with all of the injuries this team has had to suffer through this season.
But one thing is for sure and that’s the fact that the Knicks need their bigs healthy when the postseason begins.
With only five regular season games remaining, the goal for the rest of the season isn’t continuing the current winning streak, although it would be nice. The top priority has to be getting the big men healthy.
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