CLEVELAND -- The Knicks already look like a beaten team, and they continue to get beaten up.
Raymond Felton was limping in the locker room after re-aggravating his left hamstring in their 109-94 loss to the Cavaliers Tuesday night. Felton wasn't optimistic about playing tonight against Chicago. "The way I feel right now, I have no chance,'' he said.
With the Knicks playing three games in the next four nights, he might just shut it down for at least the rest of the week. "That's what I'm hearing,'' Felton said. "That's the advice I'm getting, but we'll see what happens.''
Felton has missed four games because of his hamstring and a pinched nerve in his hip. He said both are still affecting him, but that the hamstring is worse now.
"I've just been playing on it,'' Felton said. "It's just me. I like to play. Now it's biting me in my behind.''Martin sits again
Kenyon Martin missed a second straight game because of a sore left ankle. He said it was precautionary, and he hopes to play Wednesday night. The Knicks tried limiting his minutes earlier this season because of his ankle, which he said has "gradually'' started bothering him.
"Just playing and playing and playing, eventually something is going to start hurting,'' Martin said. "It ain't nothing I can't deal with, just trying to be cautious right now with Tyson [Chandler] being out still. I don't want to have no setbacks. Just trying to be on the cautious side.''
Rondo denies recruitingCeltics guard Rajon Rondo denied that Carmelo Anthony has been "recruiting'' him to come to New York, which their high school coach, Oak Hill Academy's Steve Smith, recently told USA Today. "I haven't spoken to him,'' Rondo told The Boston Globe. "He ain't contacted me. It's just rumors.''
Anthony also denied it last week.
Mike Woodson is "hoping'' Amar'e Stoudemire can play Wednesday night. He hasn't played consecutive games this season as the Knicks try to preserve his surgically repaired knees. "He's indicating he wants to try back-to-backs,'' Woodson said. "We just got to see if he doesn't have any setbacks.'' . . . Chandler said his left leg felt "all right'' after jogging Tuesday, but his conditioning and timing aren't there yet. "I'm close,'' he said. "I'm not that close. But I'm close.''