Francis out after spraining right ankle against Cavs

3/28/2007 - NBA Steve Francis New York Knicks + more

NEW YORK -- Even when Steve Francis is producing he can't
stay on the court.

Francis left New York's 97-93 victory over Cleveland in the first
quarter Wednesday night with a sprained right ankle, the latest
injury for the struggling Knicks.

Francis was off to a strong start, with seven points and three
assists in 10 minutes. He had made all three of his field goal

But while dribbling right, Francis tried to stop and plant, and
the Cavaliers' LeBron James bumped into his leg. Francis fell to
the court in pain and had to be helped off. He was taken for
X-rays, which were negative.

Francis has been bothered lately by his inconsistent playing
time. He played only 12 minutes and scored one point Monday in a
loss to Orlando, saying afterward that he was "definitely
confused" with his role.

The Knicks were already without Jamal Crawford (ankle), David Lee (leg) and Quentin Richardson (back).