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Sore left ankle keeps Marbury out lineup against Pistons

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.