Knee tendinites forces Nuggets' Martin to sit
Martin was not sure if he'd be able to play against the New York Knicks on Friday night. After sitting out Sunday's game against Minnesota, Martin played eight minutes against Dallas on Tuesday night before leaving.
He said it's possible he would consider sitting out several games to give the knee time to heal before trying to return again.
"I need to learn to be patient," said Martin, who had arthroscopic surgery on the knee during the offseason. "I don't have that. I don't have patience."
Medvedenko injured his back in a game at Minnesota on Nov. 9.
He has played in two games, averaging 1.0 points and 0.5 rebounds.
"We were just worried about about his recovery time and what was going to happen to him," coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday night. "Slava knows how to run this offense and score. We count on him to give us a good practice. We'll miss him."
Forward Luke Walton, who hasn't played so far this season, had an MRI that showed a strained right hip flexor. He also has a severe hamstring strain and is out indefinitely.
Knight was a late scratch after feeling discomfort during pregame warmups.
Rookie Raymond Felton, the fifth overall pick in the draft, made his first career start in Knight's place.
Knight is averaging 10 points and seven assists per game, while Felton is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 assists. Knight, who had started the team's first eight games, was held to two points on 1-of-8 shooting in Charlotte's 85-77 loss at Orlando on Tuesday night.
The 34-year-old Martin averaged 3.8 points, 2.5 assists and 17.3 minutes in 11 games with the Clippers last season.
Martin also played 30 games with the Michigan Mayhem of the Continental Basketball Association, averaging 15.8 points and 7.1 assists.
"He gives us insurance at the point guard position and will help our younger players develop," general manager Rob Babcock said.
Alvin Williams was expected to be Toronto's third point guard, but has played in just one game this season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee last year.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press