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Marbury sits out game vs. Sonics, may not play this week

NEW YORK -- Stephon Marbury missed his second straight game
Wednesday night when the Knicks hosted Seattle, and the point guard
may not play again this week.

Marbury is still struggling following the Dec. 2 death of his
father, Donald. Marbury played in the first two games following the
funeral, but left the team last Sunday and hasn't returned.

The Knicks visit Chicago on Friday and return home to face New
Jersey on Saturday, but coach Isiah Thomas said he talked to
Marbury earlier Wednesday and doesn't expect him for either game.

"He sounds better, but I think he's still going to be out a
couple of more games," Thomas said. "Just from a physical
standpoint, conditioning-wise and everything else, I don't know if
he'll be ready to play Friday or Saturday."