Kenyon Martin’s frustration over Denver’s losing streak is starting to show.
The Nuggets will try to avoid their longest slide of the season when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center.
Denver lost its fourth straight on Wednesday, falling 103-90 to the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets’ second four-game slide of the season comes on the heels of a season-high seven-game winning streak, capped by a 97-94 win Jan. 25 over Portland.
On Wednesday, Martin left the bench and went into the locker room with three minutes left and his team trailing by 15 points before returning in the final seconds.
However, he reacted strongly when asked whether he had walked out on his teammates, insisting he was simply frustrated with the losing streak and that he had gone to get ice treatment on his ailing back and knee.
“Everybody around here knows what it is; everybody in the organization knows what happened. My teammates know what it is. Coach knows what it is,” Martin said Friday. “So … believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. That’s what I live my life on.”
General manger Kiki Vandeweghe and coach George Karl each said that they were not offended by Martin’s actions.
“We have to come together. We’ve lost four straight. The last thing we need is people talking that Kenyon walked out on his teammates,” Martin said. “That’s small compared to what we’re trying to accomplish: win games. If we win games, then everything’s all right.”
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points Wednesday for the Nuggets, whose lead in the Northwest Division has slipped to 1 1/2 games over the Jazz.
Center Marcus Camby did not play after straining a muscle in his left shoulder the night before in a loss at Sacramento, and the Nuggets were outrebounded 40-23 and outscored 40-28 on the inside. Camby is listed as day-to-day.
Randolph is averaging 12.7 points per game and has four career double-doubles against Denver.
Rookie Jarrett Jack added a season-high 19 points for Portland, which had lost six in row before its recent stretch.
Portland has lost nine of its last 10 meetings with Denver, including five straight.