Marbury dealing with injured shoulder

Updated: January 17, 2006, 3:42 PM ET
Assocated Press

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury, who hasn't missed a game due to injury in five years, is doubtful for Wednesday's game at Chicago because of a sprained left shoulder.

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Marbury was hurt in the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to Minnesota. X-rays after the game revealed no fracture, but Marbury's arm was in a sling Tuesday and he did not practice.

Marbury also could miss Thursday's home game against Detroit. He has played in 280 consecutive games, the league's fifth-longest current streak, and hasn't missed a game since Oct. 30, 2002, when he was suspended by the NBA for the Phoenix Suns' season opener.

"It means a lot but I'm just going to have to start up another one if I don't play tomorrow," Marbury said. "I play basketball for a living and this is what I do. I feel like for the money that we make that we're supposed to play through pain and through all of the things that we go through."

Marbury hasn't missed a game because of injury since the 2000-01 season, when he sat out 15 games while playing for New Jersey because of ankle, hip and finger injuries.

Marbury was hurt midway through the fourth quarter when he collided with Minnesota's Wally Szczerbiak while trying to fight through a pick. Marbury called it "dirty" after the game, and still maintained Tuesday that the play was unnecessary.

"You just don't lean in on picks. That's just something that you don't do," Marbury said. "When you set a pick you stand straight up. And I've got drilled by millions of picks. I mean I get picked all the time. So I know. I know when it's a dirty pick and when it's a good pick."

Marbury leads the Knicks with 18.9 points and 7.0 assists per game but has been even better lately, averaging 22.3 points and 9.6 assists in the last nine games. New York won six of them.

Knicks coach Larry Brown said he could go with Nate Robinson as the point guard and Quentin Richardson at the other spot, using Jamal Crawford off the bench to spell both players.

"It gives other guys a chance to play, but you lose a guy who's playing as well as he is, it's tough," Brown said.

While Marbury is likely out, center Eddy Curry is looking forward to his first chance to face his former team. Curry spent his first four seasons with Chicago, but the Bulls traded him to the Knicks when Curry wouldn't consent to a DNA test to determine the severity of his heart condition.

Curry missed the last 13 games of last season and the playoffs after he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

"I definitely didn't imagine playing there in another uniform, but things happen for a reason and we're going there tomorrow and try to get a win," said Curry, who grew up in the Chicago area. "I'm starting to get a little nervous as we come closer to tomorrow's game, but I'll be OK."