Monday’s 129-119 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center capped up a successful road trip for the New York Knicks. They’ve earned a couple days off before their Black Friday clash against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden.
Unfortunately for the orange and blue, trip hero Derrick Rose and backup point guard Cam Reddish both got hurt despite the team’s impressive 3-2 record.
Against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, Mitchell Robinson made his comeback to the floor, but he was sent back on the bench after just 13 minutes of action on Monday. After suffering right knee pain in the second game of a back-to-back set, Mitch had to leave the game against OKC. In the last ten minutes of play, he was declared out with an injury.
Robinson hadn’t been able to make it to any games since November 4. After playing his first 17 minutes since returning from a knee injury, Robinson stated he was “all fine” and simply “must get back in form, conditioning” after the game in Phoenix. Following a game in which Mitch scored two points, grabbed four rebounds, and blocked two shots, he made those remarks.
The performance was poor for someone who is usually so powerful in the paint. While trying to explain his lackluster performance, Robinson expressed some worrisome concerns about the brace on his knee.
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Robinson said, “I know that [the brace] is there.” As a result, I can never fully focus on a game. So, it seems like I should simply learn to roll with it. It’s shocking to hear such a veteran professional basketball player (with years of experience) talk about such item in such a casual manner. Robinson said, “kinda, like, it’s there. There is, I am certain. Concerned that the brace was hindering his performance, he said, “Obviously, I don’t want to be injured again.”
Robinson missed Monday’s game due to “just a little stiffness,” as coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game.
Every day will be a new step in the process. Tuesday will be a fantastic day for rehabilitation and resting. However, he’s making progress. Robinson’s knee injury has not been updated, and we need him for Friday’s home game against Portland.
Derrick Rose missed Monday’s game with an injured right toe sustained on Sunday in Phoenix, allowing Miles McBride to see action in both games of this back-to-back series. McBride played a combined 29 minutes across the two games.
Cam Reddish has not played in the previous two games either after sustaining a groin injury, obtaining “day-to-day” labeling in the prior couple of games but not recuperating in time to grace the floor away from home.
He should be back soon since Reddish said that the injury he sustained on Friday “isn’t nearly as terrible” as the one he sustained in 2019 while still a collegiate basketball player at Duke. The 2019 injuries left him unable to walk, he added. In this moment, I feel fine.