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Kenyon Martin to play first game with Clippers

February 8, 2012 |  3:42 pm


Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said that Kenyon Martin, who signed a free-agent contract with the team Friday, will play in his first game against host Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Del Negro said Martin will play about 15 minutes against the Cavaliers.

Del Negro said he just wants Martin, a 6-foot-9 power forward, to rebound, play defense and make shots if open.

“He worked out well yesterday,” Del Negro said. “We tried to get him up to speed as quickly as possible and to grasp everything quickly. So we’ll just get him out there and hopefully monitor his minutes and get him in game shape as soon as possible.”

Martin last played Dec. 21 for the Xinjiang Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Assn. He had 13 points on six-for-12 shooting and nine rebounds in 29 minutes.

He averaged 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds in 12 games for the Tigers.


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Photo: Kenyon Martin with the Denver Nuggets. Credit: Associated Press.