While Mike Woodson said Camby could be out a few days, the coach called the reason for Martin's rest "precautionary."
"His knee is sore," he said on Friday. "It could be because he didn't have camp and he's played a few back-to-back games. And when Tyson was out, I was playing him because I was desperate and didn't know where else to go."
Sunday's game marks the toughest challenge for the Knicks since they started their 11-game winning streak as far as frontcourt matchups. While the Thunder start Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins down low, the Knicks could be without five big men: Martin, Camby, Amar'e Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas. That means Chandler could be all alone in the middle.
In their last meeting on March 7 in New York, the Thunder escaped with a one-point victory -- and the Knicks had Chandler, Stoudemire and Martin. Carmelo Anthony, however, didn't play because of a right knee injury. He will this time, and he could surpass Durant for the NBA scoring title. They are divided by only a fraction of a point per game; Durant at 28.4 and Anthony at 28.3.
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