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article imageNBA: Knicks' Baron Davis out for a year with knee injury

By Layne Weiss     May 8, 2012 in Sports
New York - According to ESPN, an MRI revealed that New York Knicks' point guard Baron Davis tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments ligaments in his right knee. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week. Recovery time is about 12 months.
Davis suffered the injury during the 3rd quarter of game 4 against the Miami Heat Sunday. His knee buckled as he was dribbling down the court, and he went down apparently without contact, ESPN reports.
Davis was eventually taken off the court on a stretcher as players from both teams were visibly shaken by the events that had transpired. The Miami Heat's Lebron James and Dwyane Wade offered the veteran words of encouragement as he was wheeled away, The Wall Street Journal reports.
"I almost shed a tear on the court, to be honest with you," Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire told ESPN. "Baron's such a great guy off the court, as a teammate. He's a phenomenal locker room guy, and to see that, I dropped down to one knee, and said a prayer while he was on the ground, It was sad."
According to WSJ, Heat forward Chris Bosh couldn't even handle looking at what was happening. "I didn't want to watch," he said. "I kind of heard the reaction, and then they were playing it on the Jumbotron like 80 times, everyone could hear the reaction of the crowd. You never want to see a guy down like that. I just hope that everything's ok and that he recovers well.
Knicks' coach Mike Woodson said he spoke with Davis Sunday after the Knicks won, keeping their series against the Heat alive, and winning their first playoff game since April 2001.
"The one thing he did say was 'Man, hey, I tried to give you all I could.' I have a great deal of respect for players that work me and work for the organization, and try to do the best they can to help us win ballgames," Woodson said.
Davis' injury leaves Mike Bibby to be the starting PG for game 5 Wednesday, Yahoo Sports reports.
Davis had played the starting PG role since Jeremy Lin injured his knee on March 24.
He became the second Knicks player to go down during the playoffs as Knicks' rookie Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in game 1 and will miss 6-8 months, Digital Journal reports.
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