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Friday, January 17, 2014

Knicks' Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire Leave Game with Sprained Ankles


By on 1/17/2014 12:00:00 PM

The New York Knicks started Thursday's game with a bang. Carmelo Anthony burst open in the first quarter with 18 points. With that kind of outburst, the Indiana Pacers were bound to get nasty, right? That was not the case, but the Knicks did suffer a couple of injuries during the course of the contest. As a team, New York only scored 49 points in the first half and were down by 17 going into halftime.
Knicks' guard Tyson Chandler fell ill during the game, but would return to action. Knicks' beat writer Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweeted updates during the game.
After a trip to the locker room, Chandler would check back into the game, seemingly tagging Kenyon Martin out.
Moments later, Isola tweeted the information that Martin had been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a left sprained ankle. He was the first man down.
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Then, if you weren't watching the game, Isola's timeline got a little cryptic. He started tweeting things like "Amar'e is up and walking to the bench. He appears to be okay," and "Amar'e likely done for the night. Kenyon is also out. And so is Metta [World Peace], who I'm not certain is still on the team," without previous context. But he explains that Amar'e Stoudemire, like Martin had sprained his ankle, while adding in a quip about the Kansas City Chiefs in their last playoff game. 

Stoudemire and Martin are expected to miss some time, though the amount of time is uncertain. Both will likely miss multiple games. The more immediate concern is Stoudemire who has been playing better of late. Teammate Anthony, who was frustrated with his team after Thursday night's 89-117 loss to the Pacers, had comments about the injuries. “Amar’e sprained his ankle really bad. Kenyon said his ankle felt different than it did before. We lost two of our big guys. We’ve got a couple other big guys out there that we’re going to have to utilize.”

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