Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson reveals he’s been playing through left wrist sprain

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Mitchell Robinson’s double-double effort carried the Knicks to a 96-88 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. As the center continues to look more and more like himself on the court, he revealed afterward that he’s been playing through a sprained left wrist.

“It happened a few games ago, but it was never to the point that I needed to sit out or anything like that,” Robinson said at his postgame news conference after initially revealing the injury in a courtside interview. “Just kind of continue to tape it and keep it moving.”

Playing with a taped left wrist, Robinson scored 14 points and pulled in a season-high 18 rebounds on a night when the Knicks and T-Wolves both shot the ball poorly. Robinson’s effort down low was a huge reason why the Knicks were able to hang on for their second straight victory, starting a four-game road trip with a win.

“His activity at the rim, altering shots, the rebounding, multiple effort, second-chance points, putting pressure on the rim, you can’t say enough about the way he played,’ said head coach Tom Thibodeau.

After being sidelined last season due to hand and foot injuries, both of which required surgery, Robinson was noticeably not quite back in ideal playing shape when he first returned to the floor.

But as of late, Robinson has looked more and more like the elite rim protector the Knicks know he can be when healthy.

“I can feel myself getting in condition better, like I’m running a lot better,” Robinson said.

“I’m not halfway, but I’m a little past halfway. Not like the best shape or in the opposite direction, but it’s like right there. I gotta push a little bit more. … I gotta get right. I had eight months off from the offseason and I didn’t have training camp, so I just gotta rebuild and that’s pretty much what I’m doing right now, getting back to myself.”

Robinson and the Knicks will be back on the floor Wednesday night, when they take on the Detroit Pistons in the second half of a back-to-back.


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