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Martin suspended one game for flagrant foul on Hornets' Ely

12/15/2007 - NBA Kenyon Martin Denver Nuggets + more

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."