The New York Knicks’ frontcourt suffered a setback. Big man Mitchell Robinson was ruled out for the remainder of their game against the visiting Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
According to the Knicks, Mitchell Robinson will miss tonight’s game due to a sprained thumb, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Mitchell Robinson began the contest with the Wizards, but he only lasted nine minutes before being replaced. He did not try a single shot from the field, but he was effective defensively, with two thefts and two blocks. The Knicks will miss that kind of presence on the defensive end of the floor for the remainder of the evening and possibly for at least one more game.
Naturally, New York is hoping it won’t come to that since Robinson is a strong defensive cornerstone for the Knicks, who rank among the top 10 teams in scoring defense.
In reality, Robinson led the Knicks in blocks per game (1.8), second in rebounds per game (9.1), and first in win shares per 48 minutes when the Wizards game began (.210). Additionally, he entered the contest averaging 7.4 points on 67.4 percent of his field goal attempts.
The absence of Mitchell Robinson increases Julius Randle’s workload while also giving players like Isaiah Hartenstein and Jericho Sims extra playing time.
The 24-year-old Mitchell Robinson may have enough time to recover from his upper-body injury as the Knicks will have Thursday off before taking on the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.