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Martin refuses to use flu as scapegoat

Kenyon Martin was sick and played poorly, but the Nets' fiery forward admits to only the latter.

Updated: June 15, 2003, 12:11 AM ET
By Jerry Bembry | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sniffling and dabbing his nose with his blue towel, Kenyon Martin -- his head bowed as he sat in front of his locker -- would make no excuses.

Two baskets in 38 minutes? Martin said it wasn't the flu. A game-high eight turnovers? Martin said it was just a bad game.

Zero trips to the free-throw line for a player known for his aggression around the basket? Martin said it happens that way sometimes.

"They did what they had to do, man," Martin said. "I'm ...

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