Patrick Ewing, center for the New York...

Patrick Ewing, center for the New York Knicks, will miss the rest of the National Basketball Assn. season because of a strained ligament in his left knee.

Ewing injured the knee Thursday night when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor during the Knicks' 111-105 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers.

No surgery will be needed, but Ewing will have to wear a knee brace for three to four weeks. The Knicks, who have virtually no chance to make the playoffs, will end their regular season April 18 at Cleveland.

Ewing has missed three games this season with an inflamed left knee. Last March, he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove a piece of soft tissue, but was the NBA's Rookie of the Year even though he played only 50 games.

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