- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Knicks' medical staff has said Stoudemire and Martin will play on minutes limits and alternate some games in order to keep both players healthy over the course of the 82-game season.
Stoudemire has had three knee surgeries in a 10-month period. Martin has had lingering pain from an ankle injury he suffered in April.
But Martin insists he's healthy and is getting tired of answering questions about his minutes limit. He says he can play as much as the Knicks need him to and seemed to be upset that he did not see the floor in the Knicks' 31-point loss to San Antonio on Sunday.
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"I wanna play. I’m a competitor. I’m all about winning, I’m all about the team, but I wanna play. So Sunday wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination," Martin said on Tuesday. "I’m not gonna keep going back and forth with you and medical and these numbers you [reporters] keep throwing out there with these minutes. I don’t care about all that. ... The guidelines are stuff they put on paper.”
If Martin plays Wednesday, he may be out for the Houston game Thursday. And that could be troubling for the Knicks. The Rockets have Dwight Howard and Omer Asik in the lineup and pose a challenge on the front line.
Neither Stoudemire nor Martin has been particularly effective for New York (2-4). Stoudemire has said the minutes limit makes it difficult for him to find his rhythm during the game.
Martin has appeared in five of the Knicks' six games. He's played an average of 10 minutes per game, scoring 2.2 points and grabbing 2.2 rebounds a night.
Stoudemire is averaging 3.5 points and two rebounds in 11 minutes per game.
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