Apr 6, 2010 2:07 AM

Martin continues to struggle with bad knee

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets are hoping Kenyon Martin can return to practice after being out for a month with patellar tendonitis in his left knee.

However, acting head coach Adrian Dantley said on Monday that he wasn't sure what Martin would be able to do at practice Tuesday or even if he'll be able to withstand the pain enough to participate in drills.

Martin had platelet-rich plasma injection therapy last month, choosing the procedure also known as "blood spinning" over season-ending surgery.

He hasn't played since March 3 and the Nuggets have sorely missed his defense and team-leading 9.6 rebounds a game. He hopes to return by playoff time.

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