Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson returns in limited role after absence

PHOENIX — As one starter exited, one other was again Sunday with the Knicks.

Cam Reddish sat out Sunday’s recreation with a groin damage, however middle Mitchell Robinson returned to the rotation in the Knicks’ 116-95 loss to the Suns.

Robinson, who suffered a sprained proper knee Nov. 4 in Philadelphia, completed with two factors, 4 rebounds and two blocked pictures in 17 minutes off the bench behind his ordinary backup middle, Isaiah Hartenstein.

“I’ll be all right. Just gotta get back in shape, conditioning,” Robinson stated after the sport. “That’s the principle factor, getting my wind again, and my rhythm again. I’ll be positive.

“I don’t feel that far behind. I feel like I’m way better than I was last year as far as conditioning-wise. But since this happened, I gotta build it back up.”

Robinson, who has missed prolonged time earlier in his career with foot and hand accidents, performed the sport with a brace on his knee, and he admitted noticing it in the course of the recreation.

Mitchell Robinson’s return bolsters the Knicks’ middle rotation.
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“I know that it’s there,” Robinson stated. “My mind is constantly thinking about that instead of playing. So I think I [have to] figure out a way to just go with it.”

Asked if the place the brace was messing with him psychologically, Robinson added, “Somewhat, like, it’s there. I know it’s there. Obviously, I don’t want to get hurt again.”

Third-string middle Jericho Sims had been efficient in Robinson’s eight-game absence, however coach Tom Thibodeau stated earlier than the sport that solely “two [centers] will play most games.” Hartenstein drew two fast fouls in the primary quarter, and Sims wound up taking part in 16 minutes with 5 factors and 5 boards.

Jalen Brunson’s streak of 46 consecutive made free throws ended with a third-quarter miss, the second-longest streak in franchise historical past since NBA play-by-play logs have been recorded in 1997-98. Courtney Lee nonetheless holds the franchise report with 52 in 2017-18.

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