Martin suspended one game for flagrant foul on Hornets' Ely
NEW YORK -- Denver forward Kenyon Martin was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday, keeping him out of the Nuggets' game at San Antonio.
Martin was assessed a flagrant foul against Melvin Ely, striking him in the head with an elbow in the second period of the Nuggets' 105-99 win Wednesday over New Orleans. Ely has a fractured left eye socket and missed the Hornets' 89-80 loss at Dallas on Friday night.
Martin, who is averaging 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds, has started 20 of 22 games.
In a written statement released by the team, Martin said he was disappointed to miss the game against the Spurs.
"What happened with Melvin in Wednesday's game was inadvertent. I apologized to him on the court and again after the game. He told me he knew it was an accident," Martin said in the statement.
In San Antonio, Denver coach George Karl said the timing of the suspension was disappointing.
"We had a couple days of practice, if they (the league) would have made the edict two days ago, we'd have been able to say 'OK, We probably now have to double Duncan more,' " Karl said. "It seemed to be a lot of space there. I think Kenyon talked to the league office two or three days ago. And it seemed like we were out of the, we were out of the woods."
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