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Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson out at least 6-8 weeks with ankle injury during NBA Playoffs

The New York Knicks have a lead in their second-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers, but they will fall further short of the playoffs.

New York announced On Tuesday, big man Mitchell Robinson will be evaluated in six to eight weeks after suffering a “stress injury to his left ankle.”

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst previously reported that the Knicks ruled him out for Wednesday’s Game 2 due to a left ankle injury. Robinson also missed a game during New York’s first-round win over the Philadelphia 76ers for the same reason, after being sidelined for 50 regular-season games due to an ankle injury that required surgery.

The 26-year-old was expected to be a key part of the team’s frontcourt rotation after averaging 7.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 2022-23.

However, the injury limited his action and contributed to his numbers declining. He averaged 5.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per night during the 2023-24 season, scoring more than two points in just one of his six postseason games.

Still, this is a concern for a Knicks team that was already playing with a short bench.

Robinson actually led New York from the bench in the Game 1 win over Indiana with a total of two points. The Pacers’ bench outscored the Knicks 46-3, though the home team’s starting lineup was effective enough to come away with the win.

With Robinson joining Julius Randle and Bojan Bogdanović as injured players on the sidelines, look to Precious Achiuwa for more playing time.

He has played in three playoff games but has yet to score more than four points.

In reality, the setback for Robinson means Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau will be even more reliant on his starting lineup. Isaiah Hartenstein will anchor the frontcourt, while Jalen Brunson will remain the go-to option from the backcourt.

Robinson is an important depth player, but New York hasn’t counted on its bench to do much in these playoffs.