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Kenyon Martin still nursing sore left ankle

Kenyon Martin of the Knicks goes to the

Kenyon Martin of the Knicks goes to the hoop against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 6, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Kenyon Martin is a game-time decision Tuesday night against Cleveland due to a sore left ankle.

If he doesn’t play, Mike Woodson said he likely would start Metta World Peace when the Knicks try to rebound from an embarrassing 41-point home loss to the Celtics Sunday.

It sounded as if Martin would sit out for the second straight game. He said he would get treatment and see how it feels before the game..

The Knicks tried to limit Martin’s minutes early on because of his troublesome ankle that he said has “gradually” started bothering him. This started a stretch where the Knicks play four games in five nights. They’re home for Chicago tomorrow.

“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.

“We’ll see how it feels before the game. If it’s still a little tender then I’ll see how it feels tomorrow. We’ve got four in five nights. This game is important, of course, but we’ve got a lot of games coming up here, so I’m trying to make sure I’m available for most of them. There ain’t no setback, didn’t injure it or nothing. Just trying to be on the cautious side.”

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