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Baron Davis injures knee

Danielle Adams

Baron Davis

Knicks player dislocated his kneecap

Baron Davis left the Game 4 of the Knicks-Heat series on a stretcher after injuring his right knee in the third quarter.

New York Knicks guard Baron Davis slipped while driving down the court on a fast break, buckling his right knee. The 33-year-old fell to the floor, holding his knee, obviously in pain. Davis had to be carried to the locker room on a stretcher.

As he was being wheeled off the court, Knicks fans began chanting his name, and Baron Davis put his fist in the air as a salute back.

The Knicks have since announced that Baron Davis has a dislocated patella. Tests will be done on Monday.

This is the second injury the Knicks have suffered in their first-round series. Guard Iman Shumpert suffered a torn ACL in Game 1 and will be out for six to eight months. Jeremy Lin tore the meniscus in his left knee in March and isn’t expected back until at least the second round of the playoffs.

Some NBA observers had speculated that Lin might be rushed back into the lineup for Wednesday night’s Game 5, but coach Mike Woodson told reporters on Monday morning that that’s not the case. “I’m not counting on Jeremy Lin to play.”

Now down three point guards, the Knicks will have to rely on veteran Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas, who has not played against the Heat at all so far. Bibby said, “In a professional sport, injuries happen. When the main guys are down, guys gotta step up.”

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