NEW YORK -- Kenyon Martin returned from a five-game absence to rest his troublesome left ankle only to roll it on Tuesday night in his return against the Celtics.
Martin played nine minutes and looked like he was feeling good with six points, one rebound, one block and one rim-shaking dunk before rolling his left ankle. He did not play after the injury but said he sat out for precautionary reasons and will be play Thursday against the Cavaliers.
“I probably could have finished the game if we weren’t up so big,” Martin said. “So that’s a good sign.”
Martin said he sat out the previous five games to rest his left ankle and that he did not suffer any new injury to it the previous time he played, against Indiana on Jan. 16.
“[Just needed to] give it time to get the soreness out of there,” Martin said before the game. “And I took the time off that I need.”
“Just overuse,” he added about his ankle. “Been going every day and playing a lot of minutes. Just needed a break. Not one thing happened. Just been fighting through it, fighting through it, fighting through it, and the body lets you know. So at my age, you got to listen.”
Martin said that if his ankle feels like that later again this season, he will take some more days off to rest it.
But he said he is good to go for Thursday night.
TYSON’S BACK: Tyson Chandler recorded his second double-double in a row for the first time this season and is starting to finally feel like himself again.
Chandler had 12 points and 13 rebounds against the Celtics after posting 13 points and 14 rebounds against the Lakers on Sunday.
“I’m really starting to feel better,” said Chandler, who has played a total of just 21 games this season after missing time due to illness and a fractured leg. “I’m starting to feel like myself again, I’m starting to get my legs back.
“I knew when I came back from that injury that it would take a while to get going, but I’m starting to feel good.”
Chandler did roll his ankle against the Celtics but said he is feeling fine.
TYLER’S BIG DUNK: Jeremy Tyler took full advantage of the Knicks’ blowout win. He played 23 minutes, hit 7 of 9 shots and had 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
He also threw down one monster dunk as he took a pass and went from the left side of the basket before coming up on the right side and throwing down a vicious slam.
“He played well,” Mike Woodson said. “You go back to the Charlotte and Laker games, he has given us some positive energy offensively. Obviously, some of the hard work that he has put in is starting to pay off.”