Kenyon Martin strains abdominal muscle

BOSTON -- The hits keep on coming for the New York Knicks.

Knicks power forward Kenyon Martin left Friday's loss against Boston in the fourth quarter due to an abdominal muscle strain. The team announced a few moments after his removal from the game that he was done for the night.

After the game, Martin moved gingerly in the locker room, but knew little about the injury.

"I don't know what it is," Martin said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow or later on tonight. It's tender right now. It's something new, I have never had something like this."

Martin was also unsure about the exact play in the game during which he became injured.

"I have no idea how it happened. I think going after a blocked shot or diving on the floor," Martin said.

Martin did dive for a loose ball while making a steal at the 10:19 mark of the fourth quarter. The veteran power forward remained in the game, though, until an official timeout with 8:56 remaining.

After Martin's injury, the Knicks were outscored by the Celtics 18-7 through the remainder of the contest. Boston fought back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in the 90-86 win.

"Tough loss, of course, because our guys fought hard," Martin said. "We knew we had to come here with a certain mentality and we did. It's just unfortunate we couldn't pull it out in the end."

Team officials had no further update on Martin's status for the Knicks' game Saturday night against the Hawks at Madison Square Garden.