Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson out at least a week with sprained knee

The Knicks will be without starting center Mitchell Robinson for at least the next few games.

Robinson missed Saturday’s 133-118 home loss to the Celtics with a sprained right knee, and will be reevaluated in a 10-day week, the team said.

“I don’t know exactly everything that was done, but he was evaluated by the medical team and so it’s a sprain, a slight sprain, and he will be evaluated in seven to 10,” said Tom Thibodeau before the game.

Robinson, 24, left for the win Friday at Philadelphia late in the first half, and Thibodeau employed a smaller lineup with Julius Randle and Obi Toppin together in the frontcourt as the Knicks rallied after a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Backup center Isaiah Hartenstein had 10 points and 14 rebounds in 37 minutes on Saturday in his first start of the season for the Knicks, while center Al Horford rested for the Celtics.

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Mitchell Robinson will miss the next games with a sprained knee.
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Robinson, who played 72 games last season after playing just 31 in the 2020-21 campaign due to hand and foot injuries, has signed a four-year contract worth 60 million dollars in July.

Quentin Grimes was also retained on the second night of consecutive matches. The second-year goaltender started Friday night in place of Evan Fournier. It was his second appearance of the season after missing the first six games with foot pain which also sidelined him for much of pre-season. Grimes scored two points in 15 minutes on Friday.

“We take it day by day, he’s just starting to get back to it. So we’ll see where he is [Sunday]”, said Thibodeau.

Cam Reddish started Saturday and finished with four points in 37 minutes.

Toppin and assistant coach Rick Brunson had a heated exchange off the bench during the game on Friday, according to fan social media accounts. Thibodeau said it was “just normal NBA stuff, the heat of battle.”

“No, it’s my family. I love Rick. It’s just basketball. Competitive,” Toppin said after Saturday’s loss. “You see what happened when he did that. It got me going. He knows that about me. He and I will always have love for each other. Nothing serious.”

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