Sore left ankle keeps Marbury out lineup against Pistons

Updated: January 13, 2008, 10:59 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Point guard Stephon Marbury sat out the Knicks' 89-65 blowout win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night because of a sore left ankle.

The Knicks don't believe there was a specific play where Marbury was hurt. He scored 13 points Friday night in a loss to Toronto, then didn't practice Saturday.

Marbury has missed 12 games, most coming after his father died on Dec. 2. He is averaging 13.9 points, six below his career average coming into the season.

Marbury expressed some frustration with his role in the Knicks' offense after Friday's game, but coach Isiah Thomas didn't want to talk about that Sunday.

"I only want to comment and talk about tonight's game," Thomas said before the matchup with the Pistons. "He's not playing tonight so we'll cross that bridge when we come to it if he decides to play again."

Marbury didn't watch the game from the bench with his teammates, though Thomas said he didn't even realize that. He also said he wasn't sure when Marbury would return.

Marbury also missed a game at Phoenix in November after leaving the team following a clash with Thomas over his spot in the starting lineup. The Knicks fined Marbury one game's salary, which he is appealing.

Fred Jones replaced Marbury in the starting lineup against Detroit.


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