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Knicks’ Ewing Leaves Game Injured

May 26, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Patrick Ewing left Thursday night’s playoff game against the Indiana Pacers because of a strained tendon in his right foot. He did not return.

The New York Knicks center left with 5:29 left in the first quarter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

He went to the locker room, and the team said in the second quarter that he strained the peroneal tendon in his right foot and would miss the rest of the game.

Ewing had four points and one rebound in seven minutes.

In Game 2 of last year’s Eastern Conference finals against Indiana, the Knicks lost Ewing for the rest of the playoffs because of a partially torn Achilles’ tendon, but still managed to eliminate Indiana in six games.

In 1998, Ewing made a surprise return from a broken wrist in Game 2 of the second-round against the Pacers. Indiana won that series 4-1.

At 37 and in his 15th season, Ewing averaged 15.0 points and nearly 9.7 rebounds during the regular season. In the first 11 games of the playoffs, he averaged 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds.

He has missed 88 games over last three seasons with injuries, including the first 20 of this season because of Achilles’ tendinitis.

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