Knicks Injury Update: Mitchell Robinson begins non-contact drills

Alder Almo
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Oct 30, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro (35) defends New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) in the second quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson begins to ramp up for a possible return at some point in the team’s upcoming five-game West Coast road trip.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters before their Sunday matinee game against Oklahoma City Thunder that Robinson is now considered day-to-day and has started doing non-contact drills.

It has been more than a week since Robinson sprained his right knee during the Knicks’ 133-118 loss to the Boston Celtics at home last Nov. 5.

According to Jeff Stotts, a certified athletic trainer who runs the NBA injury database-focused street clothes website, the average lost time for knee sprains spans from 17 days (Grade 1) to as long as 41 days (Grade 2). The Knicks have not revealed the severity of Robinson’s injury. But Thibodeau’s recent update suggests it was just a Grade 1 sprain.

Backup center Isaiah Hartenstein and third-stringer Jericho Sims have held the fort in Robinson’s absence, helping the Knicks to a 2-1 record without him entering Sunday’s game against the Thunder.

Robinson, who signed a $60 million, four-year extension with the Knicks last summer, is averaging a career-low 5.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in nine games this season.

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