Bargnani, K-Mart not close to return

March, 23, 2014
Mar 23
8:18
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Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin aren’t getting any closer to returning to the court, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson said on Sunday.

Bargnani has started to run on the court, and Martin is riding an exercise bike. But Woodson said neither has made significant progress toward getting back in the lineup.

The coach added, though, that he’s still holding out hope that Bargnani and Martin can return before the end of the season.

“We’ve got to keep winning for those guys to see if we can get in and get them back,” Woodson said.

Bargnani has been out since Jan. 24 with a torn ligament in his left elbow.

The Knicks are 14-13 since Bargnani went down.

Amar'e Stoudemire has taken Bargnani’s spot in the starting lineup and is playing well. In his past eight games (all in the starting lineup), Stoudemire is averaging 18.5 points per game.

If Bargnani is healthy enough to return, it will be interesting to see if his presence impacts the Knicks’ chemistry.

New York is on an eight-game winning streak and trying to make a push for the postseason.

With Martin out, backup center Cole Aldrich has seen an increase in minutes. Jeremy Tyler also has been playing more since Martin went down with an ankle injury on Feb. 3.

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