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Obi Toppin injury: Knicks forward out 2-3 weeks with non-displaced fracture in right knee

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New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin out for 2-3 weeks due to a non-displaced fracture to the head of his right fibula. the team announced on Thursday. Toppin injured his knee in the second quarter of the Knicks’ game against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Looks like he got a fracture for about a minute and a half in the second quarter:

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However, Toppin continued to play until around the six-minute mark before being ruled out for the second half with knee pain. This was reported by ESPN correspondent Adrian Wojnarowski. after the game, Toppin would need an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

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In 17.1 minutes per game, the same amount as he did last season, the third-year forward averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. Statistically, this represents some decline, but it’s hard to separate those numbers from Toppin’s limited role. His usage rate has dropped from 20.5% to 18.7%, and throw-and-shoot triples now make up over half (3.5) of his total throws (6.8).

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Toppin is making 36.8% of three-point shots, a career high, but New York didn’t pick him at number eight in 2020 so he could get noticed on the perimeter. He has shown the ability to be an effective shot, but because he has spent 84 percent of his minutes near the center this season, he has rarely had the opportunity to do so.

After New York’s victory over Atlanta with a score of 113:89, This was stated to journalists by coach Tom Thibodeau. that if Toppin had to miss a few games, R.J. Barrett might see smallball 4 for a while.

“We’ll figure it all out,” Thibodeau said. “I like the idea that RJ will be there. I think last year he showed us how special he can be in 4th place, so it might be possible.”

Thibodeau recently changed a nine-man rotation. With Toppin out of the game for a few weeks and Barrett spending some time at the 4th club, Cam Reddish or Evan Fournier, who both collected DNP-CDs, may have free minutes on the wing. New York Daily NewsStefan Bondi said. Wednesday that the Knicks were working with Reddish representatives to find a deal, but Red told reporters that he did not invite on a date.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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