Apr 9, 2010 2:51 AM

Martin hopes to return to Nuggets by Saturday

DENVER (AP) - Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin hopes to return as soon as Saturday from the left knee injury that has sidelined him for the last five weeks.

The Nuggets' top defensive player spoke before Thursday night's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, saying he feels good to go and that he would like to play in at least one of the Nuggets' last three regular season games before the playoffs.

The Nuggets next play the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Martin hasn't played since March 3. He was averaging nearly a double double (11.8 points, 9.6 rebounds) when persistent soreness and swelling in the knee forced him to the sideline.

He underwent platelet rich plasma therapy March 8 and returned to the court for the first time since then on Wednesday.

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