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NBA FINALS

NEW YORK KNICKS vs. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Schedule

June 13, 1999

GAME 1: Wednesday at San Antonio, 6 p.m.

* GAME 2: Friday at San Antonio, 6 p.m.

* GAME 3: June 21 at New York, 6 p.m.

* GAME 4: June 23 at New York, 6 p.m.

* GAME 5: June 25 at New York, 6 p.m. (if necessary)

* GAME 6: June 27 at San Antonio, 4:30 p.m. (if necessary)

* GAME 7: June 29 at San Antonio, 6 p.m. (if necessary)

Games on Channel 4; all times Pacific

RESILIENT KNICKS

The Knicks overcame injuries to Latrell Sprewell and Patrick Ewing en route to the NBA finals, in which the status of another key player, Larry Johnson, is uncertain because of a sprained knee.

Latrell Sprewell suffered a stress fracture in his left leg in the Knicks' second game of the season against Miami, which the Knicks lost. He went on the disabled list on Feb. 10 and was sidelined 13 games, with the Knicks compiling a 9-4 record in his absence. Coach Jeff Van Gundy used Sprewell off the bench upon his return and continued to do so until Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Patrick Ewing was sidelined 12 games in the regular season with several injuries, including a sore Achilles' tendon. The Knicks were 6-6 in the those games. Ewing then suffered a partial tear of the Achilles' tendon in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana, which the Knicks lost, 88-86. Without Ewing, the Knicks won three of the next four games to reach the NBA finals.

Larry Johnson suffered a sprained right knee in the second quarter of Game 6 Friday when Indiana's Travis Best rolled into his knee. The Knicks led, 28-26, when Johnson came out of the game six minutes before halftime and went on to win, 90-82, and return to the NBA finals for the first time since 1994. Johnson had his knee examined by a team doctor Saturday and is listed as day to day.

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