(NEW YORK) — The New York Knicks can hardly afford to deal with more injuries but that’s exactly what they’ll have to do as forwards Amar’e Stoudmire and Kenyon Martin will be out for the next couple weeks with various injuries.
The Knicks announced that Martin has a left ankle sprain and tendonitis, and is expected to return in two weeks.
The 36-year-old Martin was playing 20.3 minutes per game shuffling back and forth between the bench and the starting lineup. He’s averaging 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.
Meanwhile, this is just the latest injury setback for Stoudemire, who’s now dealing with an ankle injury he suffered against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.
“I’m going to bounce back from this and get back to what I was before. Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than later,” Stoudemire said after the game.
Stoudemire is averaging 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Knicks this season, but was averaging 13.2 points per game off the bench for the team over the past twelve games.
Reserves Cole Aldrich and Jeremy Tyler are expected to get an increase in playing time until Martin and Stoudemire return.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN