Javie had to leave Game 5 Wednesday

Updated: May 20, 2005, 3:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Veteran referee Steve Javie, who had to be replaced for the second half of Game 5 in the Phoenix-Dallas series because of a calf injury, is expected to return for the next round.

Javie, a regular crew chief who has worked 14 games in the NBA Finals in a 19-year career, has been listed as day-to-day after injuring his left calf in the Suns' 114-108 victory over Dallas on Wednesday.

Javie was replaced for the second half by Jess Kersey. This is the first season that the NBA has assigned an alternate referee to be dressed and ready for playoff games.

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