Davis out 12 months with torn ACL, MCL

New York Knicks Baron Davis holds his knee

New York Knicks Baron Davis holds his knee after falling and injuring himself during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in Game 4. (May 6, 2012) (Credit: MCT)

Baron Davis has played his last game as a Knick -- and perhaps in his NBA career.

An MRI revealed that Davis suffered complete tears of his right ACL and MCL and a partial tear of his patella tendon in the third quarter of Game 4 Sunday. He will have surgery later this week, and the Knicks said the recovery time is 12 months.

Davis, 33, was dribbling upcourt on a fast break when his knee buckled. He was wheeled off on a stretcher to a standing ovation from the Garden fans.

The two-time All-Star has been plagued by injuries throughout this season, including a herniated disc in his back that sidelined him for 10 months before he made his Knicks debut. It will be hard for him to come back at 34 from this devastating knee injury. But Mike Woodson said Davis was in good spirits Sunday.

"Baron's a trouper," Woodson said. "One thing he did say was, 'Hey, I tried to give you all I could.' "

Davis averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 assists in the regular season and 7.8 and 3.3 in the playoffs. Mike Bibby is expected to start Game 5 Wednesdaynight.

Bibby played the last 17:15 of Game 4 and buried a huge three-pointer with 1:23 left. Woodson has faith in Bibby, who was his starting point guard all three times he made the playoffs as Hawks coach.

"Bibby has had a hell of a career in our league," Woodson said. "He's run a lot of basketball teams and he's been pretty good at it. He's not as fast and crafty as he used to be. But he's still capable in short minutes of running a basketball team. He's still capable of hitting a big shot. Yes, I do feel comfortable starting Bibby in a big game like that."

 

Woodson: Not about me

When the Knicks snapped their NBA-record playoff losing streak at 13 games Sunday, Woodson ended a personal seven-game postseason skid. But the interim coach said he's not thinking about whether it helped him keep his job.

"I've lost some games in a row, but I was also capable of taking a young team and putting them in the playoffs and getting to a second round," Woodson said. "That counts for something. It ain't always the games you lose in a row.

"Right now, it's not about Mike Woodson and my contract and where I go from here. I was given an opportunity to coach this team. I'm still coaching this team. The job is not done. My concern is Game 5."

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