Mitchell Robinson of the Knicks will resume action after the All-Star break

With the injury report lengthening each day, Tuesday was a day for Knicks updates at Madison Square Garden.

Tea The Knicks were without Julio RandleOG Anunoby, Quentin Grimes, Mitchell Robinson and Jericho Sims for their game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Here are the updates head coach Tom Thibodeau provided prior to tipoff.


Tom Thibodeau says Robinson is progressing well after ankle surgery this was initially feared to keep him out for the entire regular season.

Robinson is now expected to return to court action after the NBA All-Star break in mid-February. The Knicks are optimistic about their chances of returning to action before the playoffs begin in April.

Robinson made what he described as a “bad move” in the Knicks’ Dec. 8 loss to the team Boston Celtics and underwent surgery in mid-December to repair what the team called a stress fracture in his left ankle.

“(He’s) getting better and better, he’s progressing, and he probably thinks he’s going to be on the court right after the All-Star break,” Thibodeau said before Tuesday’s tip-off against the Memphis Grizzlies. “So we’re very happy with how it’s going. So it’s positive.”

Thibodeau detailed Robinson’s rehabilitation process, which includes working out in the pool and on the AlterG anti-gravity belt before he returns to weightlifting.

“Then he frees him up to get down the court with his form shooting and things like that, then he progresses to the running part, the jumping part,” Thibodeau said. “Then you start 1 on 0 and then 1 on 1, 2 on 2, so you progress to where you get to 5 on 5 and then you’re ready to practice/”

Thibodeau said Robinson is currently shooting on a limited basis, but the team has confidence in his rehabilitation process, however long it may be.

“We’ve got to take it one step at a time, just follow the medical protocol until he’s cleared to start running, and that will probably be right after (the) All-Star (break),” he said. “You have to trust your health and you have to trust the player, so we’re not going to threaten him. We’ll make sure he’s completely healthy before he gets there.”


Anunoby missed his fifth straight game with what the team is calling inflammation in his right, shooting elbow. Thibodeau didn’t offer much information on Anunoby’s injury status, continuing to insist the forward is day-to-day despite missing two weeks of action.

“I’m not completely sure.” He was a little sore at first,” Thibodeau said before the tip Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. “Most guys at this time of year, 50 games, you’re matched with something, so everybody has something now.

“When I have more, we’ll give it to you.


Grimes missed his third straight game with a sprained right knee.

Thibodeau said Grimes and Anunoby are day-to-day “until we clean them up.”


Backup Knicks big man Jericho Sims attended Tuesday morning’s shootaround but missed the game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

“I just don’t feel good,” Thibodeau said.


With injuries aplenty, the Knicks will continue to lean Isaiah Hartenstein, Dear Achiuwa and Josh Hart as reserves who were thrust into the starting line-up.

The Knicks entered Tuesday’s game against the Grizzlies with a 3-1 record in games Anunoby and Randle missed with injuries.

“Mitch got hurt and Isaiah came in and did a great job,” Thibodeau said. “Precious came in and didn’t play much at first, now he’s playing a lot and he’s playing well. So whoever the next guy is, get in there and play well and get the job done. We trust all the guys on our roster.”

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