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Mitchell Robinson injury update: Knicks big man out at least three weeks after thumb surgery

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The New York Knicks will be without big man Mitchell Robinson for at least three weeks, the team announced Thursday. Robinson underwent surgery to repair a broken thumb and will be re-evaluated after this initial time frame to see how his recovery is progressing.

Robinson was injured on January 18 during the Knicks’ loss to the Washington Wizards. Just minutes into the game, he reached into traffic to help defend against Bradley Beal’s shot, and after the ball was kicked out of bounds, he immediately grabbed his arm and tried to shake him off.

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He remained in the game for a short period of time but was plagued by injury at the time and eventually pulled out for good halfway through the first quarter. The team initially diagnosed the problem as a thumb sprain, but further evaluation revealed a fracture that required surgery.

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It’s a big loss for the Knicks, who are heavily dependent on Robinson’s inner presence. His size and athleticism make him a strong rim defender on defense, a threat on offense and a strong all-around rebounder. For the season, he averages 7.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks – fifth in the league. In 1,022 minutes with Robinson on the floor this season, the Knicks have a net rating of plus 8.2; 1216 minutes without him, this mark drops to minus 1.1.

The Knicks have been hot and cold this season, and it looks like they’re going down again. They have lost two games in a row and will now enter one of the toughest parts of their schedule without their best big man. While Robinson is gone, they will play at least once with six of the other seven top 8 teams in the East, as well as the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. This could spell bad news for their playoff hopes.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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