NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Kenyon Martin hopes to return Tuesday after missing two straight games for the Knicks with soreness in his left knee.

But have no doubt: if this were playoff time, Martin would have been on the court for Sunday’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Yeah, definitely. I just don’t want to risk nothing,” Martin said, according to Newsday. “Doc said she was expecting that, at some point. It’s better now than two weeks from now.”

The 35-year-old was picked up by the Knicks in late February and started putting in serious minutes by early-to-mid March. Martin, who has a history of knee injuries, said the soreness was “normal” after such a long period of inactivity.

As for sitting out the rest of the season to get fresh for the playoffs?

That’s not an option.

“Oh, hell no,” Martin said. “Hell no. Not at all.”

The physical forward has seemingly energized the Knicks — winners of 12 straight — since his arrival, averaging 7.5 points and 5.4 per game.

What’s the smart move here — get K-Mart rested up or tuned up for the playoffs? Be heard in the comments…

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