Khamzat Chimaev beats Gilbert Burns in a war at UFC 273

On main card of UFC 273, we saw a welterweight contest that could easily headline the event. Being dubbed “The People’s Main Event”, rising superstar Khamzat Chimaev (10-0) faced his biggest test yet in former title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-4).

Burns was looking to pick up his second straight win and get the superstar rub from sharing the octagon with Chimaev. Entering UFC 273, Burns was 7-1 in the welterweight division. The lone loss came against the welterweight champion and Pound for Pound king, Kamaru Usman. Nevertheless, the oddsmakers are giving him little to no shot to beat Khamzat Chimaev.

There’s been no one quite like Khamzat Chimaev that’s ever debuted in the UFC. That includes Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Chimaev is a special athlete who has been historically dominant in his first four fights.

Fighting twice at middleweight and twice at welterweight, the UFC star is 4-0 with four finishes. However, it’s the fact that he’s only absorbed one strike in those fights that really tells the true story of his dominance.

UFC 273 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 273 welterweight contest kicked off with Chimaev taking the center. Front kicks from Chimaev and he uses those to close the distance and get a body lock. Chimaev pressuring Burns against the fence here trying to get a takedown.

Burns gets taken down, but he’s using the fence to defend well. However, Chimaev drags him away from the fence. Burns scrambles but Chimaev ends up back on top. Chimaev stands to his feet and Burns gets back up.

Powerful calf kick from Gilbert Burns. Nice jabs from Chimaev and Burns lands a brutal body kick. Solid right hand from Burns and he lands a nice jab behind it. Left hook for Gilbert Burns. Big combination lands from Chimaev.

Burns pushing forward throwing heat at Chimaev. Check left hook from Burns. Chimaev upping the pressure here but Burns is countering well. Huge low kick lands from Chimaev. Body kick lands from Chimaev. Huge right straight from Chimaev sits Burns down and he’s hurt badly.

Chimaev is all over him here but Burns is surviving. Burns gets back to his feet as Chimaev welcomes him back up. The round ends and Burns looked good, but the strong close gives the first to Chimaev at UFC 273.

Round 2

The second at UFC 273 starts and Chimaev takes the center. Burns however is the one pushing Chimaev back. Burns tries for a takedown but Chimaev brushes him off. Beautiful check right hook for Chimaev lands. Three big jabs from Chimaev lands.

Burns with a huge right hand backs up Chimaev and he follows with a body kick. Chimaev then lands big shots back and lands a brutal low kick. Big right lands for Chimaev and three straight calf kicks from Burns. Burns tries for another takedown attempt from Chimaev brushes him off.

Burns hurts Chimaev and he’s going after him here. Tons of pressure and heat from Burns. Chimaev taking the shots well but both men are looking tired here. Huge moments in the second from Gilbert Burns.

Check right hook for Chimaev and a huge right straight lands for Burns. Big right for Chimaev and Burns backs off. Burns tries for a takedown attempt and Chimaev sprawls. They scramble and end up back on the feet.

Jab lands for Burns. Chimaev lands some big shots but Burns is rolling with them well. Nice combination from Burns and Chimaev misses wildly. The round ends and Burns takes the second at UFC 273.

Round 3

Entering the third and final round at UFC 273 and whoever wins this round wins the fight. Burns opens with a big jab and a low kick. Chimaev pressuring here and he’s much more measured here in the third round.

Both men trade jabs in the cent. Big uppercut lands for Chimaev. Nice jab lands for Chimaev and he lands a big 1-2  behind it. Big takedown attempt from Burns but he can’t get Chimaev down. Burns might have gassed himself on that takedown attempt.

Chimaev lands big shots and Burns looks exhausted along the cage. Huge shots from Chimaev and this one might be getting close to being over. However, Chimaev looks tired as well. Burns lands a big shot to get some space.

Chimaev right back on the pressure as Burns circles on the outside. Relentless pressure from Chimaev and Burns is hurt. However, just as I say that, Burns lands a big right straight. Nice 1-2 lands for Burns.

Big shots from Chimaev. Burns throws a head kick and there’s one minute left in the fight. Chimaev coming forward and landing big shots along the fence. Big right hands from Burns backs Chimaev off and he might be hurt.

Huge uppercut from Chimaev and Burns wings a big shot back. These two are swinging to the finish and this crazy fight is over. What a fight and I have Chimaev winning at UFC 273.

Khamzat Chimaev def. Gilbert Burns by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mackenzie Dern edges Tecia Torres at UFC 273

On the main card of UFC 273, we saw a pivotal matchup in the strawweight division. Top ten contenders battled it out as they looked to take one step closer towards a title shot as Mackenzie Dern (11-2) took on the surging Tecia Torres (13-5).

For Dern, she was looking to bounce back after a loss to Marina Rodriguez in her last fight. Prior to that, she had won four straight fights, finishing three of them. There’s always been a lot of hype surrounding Dern in the UFC and she was looking to take another step towards the top tonight.

However, standing in her way was Tecia Torres. The Tiny Tornado went through a rough stretch from 2018 to 2019 where she lost four fights in a row. However, it’s important to remember her competition. Three of the losses came against former UFC champions and one was to top contender Marina Rodriguez.

After the Rodriguez loss, she’s won three straight fights to earn this shot against Dern. Both ladies had a lot to prove in their fight this evening.

UFC 273 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 273 strawweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Dern opens with some wild hooks but nothing lands. Lots of pressure from Dern to open this one. Nice right hand counter lands for Tecia Torres. Leg kick from Torres and Dern tries to get a body lock, but Torres shrugs her off.

Dern looking to work the jab. Torres is being very evasive here in the first couple of minutes. Nice right hand lands for Dern and she uses that to get a body lock. However, Torres reverses the position and she’s controlling Dern against the fence.

Nice cage pressure from Tecia Torres here. Good knee to the body from Dern and the two separate. Nice right hand over the top lands for Torres. Good leg kick from Torres and she’s doing a good job of landing as Dern advances.

Dern looks a little sloppy here as she tries to close the distance. She’s trying to work her jab, but Torres is landing more here. Low kick from Torres. Dern looks for a big right hand but it misses the mark.

Good body kick from Dern and she lands a big power shot behind it. Torres was wobbled there for a second. Side kick from Torres grants her some separation. Round comes to a close and I lean towards Tecia Torres in the first at UFC 273.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 273 and the first round could have gone to either fighter. Dern immediately presses forward and looks to work the jab to start the second. Both ladies exchange kicks in the middle of the octagon.

Torres and Dern end up in a body lock. However, as soon as they are there, Dern hops on Torres and starts working for submissions. Dern attacking a kimura here. They end up on the ground and Dern is cranking the submission, however, Torres is defending well.

Torres survives, but Dern is chaining submission attempts. We are in Dern’s world right now and Torres is just trying to survive. Torres is stacking Dern here trying to prevent her from getting any leverage here.

Dern switches to attacking the leg and she’s working a knee bar. Torres still surviving and defending well with 30 seconds left in the round. Nice ground and pound here from Dern and it looks like Torres is going to survive. The second is in the books at UFC 273 and it could be all square going into the final frame.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC 273 and whoever wins this round should win the fight. The final round is underway and these two waste no time. Both open with a big exchange where they both partially landed.

Nice side kick from Torres but Dern counters with a big body kick of her own. Low kick from Torres. Dern is heavy on the pressure here trying to close the distance. Nice side kick to the leg from Torres but Dern walks right through it.

Nice 1-2 lands for Dern. Wheel kick lands for Torres but Dern is able to catch a leg. Nice trip from Dern and she gets a takedown. However, a nice upkick from Torres immediately gets Dern off her and Torres quickly gets back up.

90 seconds left in the round and this is still anyone’s fight. Big right hand over the top from Dern. Body kick lands for Torres. Torres pushing forward and she lands a couple of shots and follows up with a low kick.

Body kick lands for Torres and she’s throwing a lot here in the final minute. Torres much more active than Dern in the final round and she should get the win here but it’s going to be very close.

Mackenzie Dern def. Tecia Torres by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Kaapo Kakko, Kevin Rooney return to Rangers lineup on Saturday

As a potential playoff clinch looms, the Rangers will get back a pair of reinforcements for their Saturday contest against Ottawa.

The New York Rangers’ playoff push will get back two new, yet familiar, faces as the team prepares to do battle with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET, MSG/NHL Network). Per Mollie Walker of the New York Post, head coach Gerard Gallant confirmed that Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney will return to the lineup from upper-body injuries as the Rangers close in on an Eastern Conference playoff spot, one they’ll clinch with one more win.

The good news comes after the Rangers (46-20-6) learned that they’ll be without trade deadline acquisition Tyler Motte for the foreseeable future, as the former Vancouver Canuck was deemed to have a “significant” injury after a physical encounter with Anthony Angello during Thursday’s 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. In addition to Motte, Filip Chytil also sustained an upper-body injury and will not play on Saturday but is only expected to be day-to-day.

According to a further report from the Post, this one from Zach Braziller, Kakko could make his return on the third line, which is where he was skating when the Rangers convened for a workout on Friday. The second overall pick of the 2019 draft missed 31 games, last appearing on Jan. 21’s 6-3 loss in Carolina. Kakko had dressed for the following night’s game against Arizona but was a late scratch, leading to his extended departure. He has earned 14 points this season through five goals and nine assists.

Rooney will likely be situated on the fourth line, where he could center with Dryden Hunt and Ryan Reaves. The former New Jersey Devil last appeared in March 2’s win over St. Louis and has tallied six goals and five assists this season.

The Rangers are seeking to capture their first playoff berth under the traditional 16-team format since 2017. A win on Saturday would also place the Blueshirts in a tie for the Metropolitan Division lead, though the current leaders from Carolina would have a game in hand. New York will face the Hurricanes in its next contest on Tuesday night at MSG (7 p.m. ET, MSG).

 

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Giants intrigued by Washington State offensive tackle as developmental prospect

Abraham Lucas

The New York Giants have a huge hole on their offensive line. New general manager Joe Schoen did his best to plug up the interior of the offensive line with low-cost free agency signings. Left tackle will continue to be held down by standout Andrew Thomas. But across the line at right tackle, the Giants are searching for a solution. Many predict that New York will spend a first-round pick on a right tackle, but Joe Schoen has made it clear that he believes offensive linemen can be found in any round of the draft. The Giants are scouting and meeting with tackle Abraham Lucas, a second-round prospect that could fit the bill for Big Blue.

What could Abraham Lucas bring to the Giants?

The Giants are intrigued by Washington State offensive tackle Abraham Lucas. New York is meeting with Abe Lucas for a top-30 visit, according to Jordan Raanan. Abraham Lucas is a great pass-protector that is looked at as a potential second-round draft option for the Giants.

Abraham Lucas is an exceptional athlete. Based on his testing at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, Abe scored a 9.72 RAS (relative athletic score) out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 34 out of 1175 OT from 1987 to 2022.

The 6-foot-6 tackle out of Washington State dominates defensive ends in pass protection. He ranks fourth in this class in the lowest pressure percentage allowed with screens, play-action and RPOs removed among 2022 NFL Draft OTs, per PFF at 2%. Lucas did not allow a single sack in the 2021 season. His 91.0 Pass-Blocking Grade also led all Pac-12 Tackles in 2021 (PFF).

One of the pros that Abraham Lucas has on the first-round offensive tackle prospects is his native position. Ikem Ekwonu, Charles Cross, and Evan Neal are all left tackles that would need to be converted to the right side by the Giants. But Abraham Lucas, on the other hand, spent his entire collegiate career playing right tackle. This could give Lucas the ability to make an impact as a starter in his first season.

The New York Giants are very likely to draft a tackle in round one. But if things do not go according to plan, then the Giants need secondary options. Abraham Lucas is a phenomenal second choice if the Giants decide to wait until round two to draft a tackle. Lucas needs refinement as a pass-protector before he competes at the NFL level. He also does not have a lot of experience as a run-blocker. But Abraham Lucas possesses all of the athletic traits necessary to be a starting offensive tackle. With some good coaching, the New York Giants could turn Abraham Lucas into a stud right tackle.

UFC books rematch between Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Tonight, all eyes will be on UFC 273. However, some news broke late last night that should have fight fans very excited. ESPN’s Marc Raimondi reported last night that former strawweight champions Zhang Weili (21-3) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) have agreed to their rematch.

The fight will take place at UFC 275 in June which takes place in Singapore. The first time these two fought was back at UFC 248 in March of 2020. It was the last PPV event before the pandemic shut things down briefly.

Jedrzejczyk and Weili went to war in a brutal back-and-forth fight. In the end, the judges were split on the decision. Weili won the decision and retained her UFC strawweight title.

Since that fight, Weili has fought twice against Rose Namajunas. Like Jedrzejczyk, Weili has suffered the same fait against Namajunas. At UFC 261, Weili lost her title when she was knocked out with a head kick.

The UFC decided to run things back last November and the two had a very close fight. In the end, two of the judges gave the fight to Namajunas and she won the split decision leaving Weili in a similar spot as Jedrzejczyk.

UFC’s Jedrzejczyk Returns

After that brutal fight at UFC 248, Jedrzejczyk decided to take some time away from the sport. The former strawweight champion was pondering whether or not she still wanted to fight. There were whispers of her retirement, however, she has decided to fight on.

Jedrzejczyk was a perfect 14-0 professionally when she defended her title against Rose Namajunas for the first time back in 2017. However, since then, she’s gone 2-4 in her last six UFC apperances.

Granted, all four losses came in title fights so it’s not like she’s lost to lesser competition. Her only two non-title fights she’s won going away. This is a huge fight for both of these ladies as they look to prove that they deserve another crack at Rose Namajunas.

Both are 0-2 against the champ, but given the lack of strong contenders, whoever wins at UFC 275 is going to be in an excellent spot. I can’t wait for this rematch and I wouldn’t be shocked if these two put on another fight of the year candidate.

Yankees’ lineup sees interesting field change after Opening Day

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The New York Yankees are gearing up to face off against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 PM. After escaping opening day with a close win in 11 innings, the Bombers will feature Luis Severino on the mound to start Game 2 of the regular season.

However, the Yankees have already made some changes to their batting order, giving some insight into how they will deploy certain players.

Yankees’ lineup on Day 2 of the regular season:

1.) DH: Josh Donaldson

2.) CF: Aaron Judge

3.) 1B: Anthony Rizzo

4.) RF: Giancarlo Stanton

5.) 3B: DJ LeMahieu

6.) LF: Joey Gallo

7.) 2B: Gleyber Torres

8.) C: Kyle Higashioka

9.) SS: Isiah Kiner-Falefa

On opening day, Donaldson featured at third base, Judge in right field, and LeMahieu at second base. However, Gleyber Torres was left out of the starting lineup, but he will receive his first starting action of the season on Saturday afternoon, featuring at second base.

In the extra-inning win over Boston, Torres played an instrumental role, tallying a game-tying pop-fly in the 10th inning to keep the Bombers alive. The Yankees had to utilize a ton of players to get the job done, but it was a fantastic way to get the season started, and the strategy worked to perfection, thankfully.

In addition to Torres getting the start, Aaron Judge has shifted over to centerfield, a position he played last year over a small sample size. The big-time slugger has just 166 innings of total action in CF, but the Yankees know they can use him interchangeably given his phenomenal athleticism and big arm.

Management and Judge’s representatives were unable to come to an agreement on a big extension, but they will have next off-season to get it done despite being far apart.

The biggest concern for the Yankees is their starting pitching, especially not having a legitimate No. 2 option behind Gerrit Cole, who struggled in the first inning of yesterday’s win.

Giants sign 6-foot-9 behemoth offensive tackle through International Pathway program

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The New York Giants are using every possible avenue to inject more offensive line talent into the roster. Despite having minimal salary space this off-season, new general manager, Joe Schoen did a solid job bringing in adequate players who can compete for starting snaps.

Signing free agents like Mark Glowinski from the Indianapolis Colts, Jon Feliciano from Buffalo, and even Pro Bowl alternate Max Garcia from Arizona were just some of the more cost-efficient signings that could end up being beneficial for Big Blue. Of course, they will look to utilize the 2022 NFL draft to plug the right tackle position and add potential depth at guard.

However, the Giants also looked to the International Pathway Program to find a 6’9″ behemoth offensive tackle in Roy Mbaeteka.

Former Giants pass rusher Osi Umenyiora has done a phenomenal job connecting Africa with the NFL, finding potential talent with raw capabilities. Umenyiora spoke about Mbaeteka, specifically noting his physically imposing nature.

“Once you see him, you know he’s physically imposing and in a year or two if you immerse him in football culture, he’s going to be fantastic,” Umenyiora told the Giants website.

Despite Osi being connected with the international program, the Giants did their own research and saw the value in Mbaeteka. At 6’9″ and 320 pounds, there aren’t many human beings gifted with that natural size. Given he has adequate athleticism and a good head on his shoulders, he could end up developing into something legitimate in the future.

“A lot of people think this was me, but I had nothing to do with this,’’ Umenyiora said. “The Giants decided they were going to fly him in. They did this on their own. For it to be the Giants of all teams, it means the world to me, it really does.’’

Giants scout Jeremy Breit was impressed by Mbaeteka, who featured at the NFL showcase in Arizona for international players recently. The Giants signed him just a day later on Thursday this past week.

Yankees’ Gerrit Cole adds new pitch to his repertoire, complains about odd Opening Day delay

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees hosted the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the 2022 regular season on Friday. Luckily, the Bombers managed to escape with a 6–5 victory over 11 innings. However, starting pitcher, Gerrit Cole struggled to open his season, allowing three earned runs and a homer in the first inning. Luckily, he was far more effective over the next three innings, picking up three strikeouts, but his tough start could’ve been a result of a delayed opening process.

Gerrit Cole said that the delayed start to Opening Day was “an unforeseen challenge.” The delay was only four minutes.

Given how short the delay was, I’m not exactly sure how much Cole was impacted. It is possible that the timing and preparation are exact, and if his arm isn’t fully warmed up or cools down due to a delay, it could affect his pitching fundamentals. If that excuse is legitimate, it is clear that extra four minutes was essential to his success since he warmed up after the first inning and dominated afterward.

The Yankees are helping Cole expand upon his pitch sequence:

Despite his rocky outing, the Yankees’ Ace is looking to adapt his game a bit after spending 10 years in the MLB. Having primarily relied on his fastball and slider, Cole is considering adding another pitch to his repertoire. One he used back during his days with UCLA.

That pitch is a cutter, which he’s never thrown at the major league level.

“I think it’s a good fifth option in certain circumstances,’’ Cole said last week.

“I don’t have anything quite defined with what I want to do with it yet,’’ Cole said. “It’s just another option to get a strike or in games when some other pitchers aren’t working.”

If Cole decides to mix in his cutter more frequently, he will have to take a bit of action away from another pitch, which could end up being his slider. In his first game of the 2022 season, he threw his slider 38.2% of the time and fastball 41.2%, the lowest of his career. Obviously, that number will increase, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he took 5% of his slider usage and reallocated it toward his cutter.

“I don’t really know which pitch I’m gonna throw less as a result, but hopefully I’ll select it over several different pitches over the course of a game or season,’’ Cole said. “I’m just looking to sprinkle it in to add a little extra bit of unpredictability, extra something. An extra tool in the box.”

Nonetheless, it’s exciting to see that Cole is adjusting his game accordingly, keeping batters off-balance after seeing him for the better part of the decade.

Good news and bad news after Yankees hard-fought Opening Day win over Boston

josh donaldson, yankees

The New York Yankees took on the Boston Red Sox on opening day, April 8. After the game was postponed due to inclement weather, things got a little bit worse for the Bombers in the first inning with Gerrit Cole struggling.

Despite some shortcomings, the Yankees fought hard to pick up their first one of the season and start the year on a good note (6-5 – Final/11).

Good news:

Despite general manager Brian Cashman doing little to improve the roster, the Yankees still showcase their offensive power in the batter’s box and a solid bullpen, which was used extensively in the win that took 11 innings to finalize.

Aside from Clay Holmes giving up three hits and one run in the fifth inning, the bullpen was stellar for the Yankees. Chad Green, Miguel Castro, Jonathan Loáisiga, Wandy Peralta, Aroldis Chapman, and Michael King combined for two hits allowed and eight strikeouts, leading the way for the Bombers.

However, it was clutch hitting that pushed the team over the edge, something that was nonexistent last season, especially during the Wild Card game against Boston. Two Yankee batters record two hits on the afternoon, with three players hitting home runs. The star of the game was Josh Donaldson, who hit the game-winning single in the 11th inning to put the Yankees over the edge.

Just before opening day commenced, the Yankees and star slugger Aaron Judge were in deep negotiations on a new contract. The two sides weren’t able to conclude a deal, but Judge still showcased his value in the game, recording a single and double over five at-bats.

Bad news:

There wasn’t too much bad news from the win over Boston, but the majority of the concern revolves around starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, who started off the game giving up three runs and a two-run homer to Rafael Devers.

Cole has had his fair share of problematic starts early on in the season, but there shouldn’t be any concern regarding his long-term efficiency and production. Cole even mentioned the delayed start of the game as a primary reason for his poor outing, but four extra minutes shouldn’t have made that much of an impact.

Offensively, the Yankees got no value out of Joey Gallo, who struck out three times and walked once. Aaron Hicks also struck out three times and Giancarlo Stanton four times but did contribute a solo blast in the fourth inning just screaming over the right-field wall.

As a team, the Yankees tallied 15 strikeouts, a number they have desperately tried to reduce but have failed miserably to do so. Thankfully, the Yankees deployed a lineup that featured contact hitters scattered throughout, which ended up playing a key role in the team’s win. Interestingly, DJ LeMahieu featured in the N0. 5 slot instead of lead-off, which he normally played out of during the 2021 season. Nonetheless, Donaldson recorded two hits, and LeMahieu contributed an RBI to boot..

RJ Barrett’s injury dampens Obi Toppin’s career night in Knicks big win

The good news is New York Knicks rising star RJ Barrett will wrap up his third season, averaging 20.1 points, continuing his year-by-year progress. But the bad news is Barrett’s season is over with an initial prognosis of sprained right knee pending MRI results.

Barrett was on pace to a big night when his right knee buckled near the end of the first half of the Knicks’ 114-92 rout of the tanking Washington Wizards Friday night at Capital One Arena. He left the game with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting, and the Knicks ruled him out at halftime.

“I don’t have [any update] other than a sprained right knee, and then he’ll be re-evaluated by our doctors when we get back,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after the game.

After the scary moment where he held his knee and stayed crumpled on the floor for several moments, Barrett limped off the court and went to the locker room. Thibodeau ruled him out for the Knicks’ final game on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.

“I don’t like any of our players getting injured, but it’s part of the game. The guy’s got soreness [on his right knee] right now, so obviously, he’s going to be out,” Thibodeau said.

Even without Barrett, the Knicks were too much for the Wizards, who rested their top players. The Knicks also played without several key players, including starters Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle. But Obi Toppin continued his surge with a career-high 35 points, stepping up in Barrett’s absence.

Toppin was sharp again from long distance, connecting on 6 of 9 three-pointers. He added four rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 38 minutes as the Knicks (36-45) inched ahead of the Wizards (35-46) for the 11th place in the East, which means worse lottery odds than their victims.

But the lottery is the least of Thibodeau’s worries. His focus was on continuing the team’s better overall play since the All-Star break and the development of their young players. Toppin’s growth, along with Immanuel Quickley, who produced a double-double (23 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds) after his first career triple-double in their previous game, has been an interesting development going into the summer. Rookie center Jericho Sims also continued his strong performance with six points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. But Barrett’s injury was a dampener.

“It’s always tough to see a player go down. But RJ, he’s been doing great,” Toppin said. “For him to get hurt on something like that, it definitely sucks. But he’s going to bounce back and be better.”

The Knicks are hopeful it’s nothing more serious than a sore right knee.

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