New York Knicks centre Mitchell Robinson suffered another injury setback in their 102-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, exiting the game with a fractured right foot.
Mitchell Robinson suffered a fracture in his right foot and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to New York tomorrow.- NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 28, 2021
The 22-year-old will be re-evaluated on Sunday (ET), the team announced.
Robinson was playing just his fourth game back after missing 15 games due to a hand fracture on Feb. 12 and is now set to be sidelined for an extended period.
In a big blow to the Knicks' playoff chances, Robinson had showed plenty of promise this season, averaging 8.5 points on 65.1 percent shooting, adding 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals.
Teammate Derrick Rose empathised with the young center after learning about the severity of the injury during his post-game interview, "I'm lost for words right now."
Derrick Rose was unaware that @23savage____ fractured his foot. Clearly shocked:- KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) March 28, 2021
"I'm lost for words man." pic.twitter.com/2WALXcC4QX
"Obviously they care about each other a lot and Mitchell's been terrific for us, so you hate to see it," head coach Tom Thibodeau said post-game..
"It's a very close-knit group, you feel for Mitchell because all the work that he's put in, he'll be fine, he'll have to go through rehab and stuff but he's been through that before and just maximise his time that way
"You feel for a teammate and its part of the game, you have to deal with it as best you can."
The Knicks, who have Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson as backup centres, have been rumoured to be interested in acquiring free-agent big man Andre Drummond, who was bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers, however, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnawrowski, the Lakers have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the two-time All-Star.
Following tonight's win over the Bucks, the Knicks sit fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 24-22 record.
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