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“It ain’t broke so let’s go” – The Denver Post

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Mitchell Robinson hasn’t fully recovered from his knee injury, but the Knicks center said he’s determined to play through the pain.

” I did not want [wait until it was 100 percent]. I can not do that. I do what I have to do,” Robinson said. “It’s not broken so go ahead. A little pain is fine. I can bear the pain. It’s not nothing. It’s not broken so let’s go.

Robinson has missed eight games in two weeks after spraining his knee Nov. 3 in Philadelphia. The center aggravated the injury in his second game but returned to the starting lineup four days later in Friday night’s overtime loss to the Blazers.

“I took a funny step [on Monday in OKC]. I always try to let it heal but also try to be available,” Robinson said. “That’s my goal. I don’t want to miss any games, really. That’s not it. All I have to do to get it right. To be able to play again, that’s what I’ll do.

Interestingly, Robinson said he didn’t know if the injury could get worse while playing.

“Like I said, I’m not going to rest,” Robinson said, adding that his jumping ability is hampered the most.

Robinson’s commitment to availability is admirable after signing a four-year, $60 million deal, but the 24-year-old is also in an unexpected fight for playing time. sophomore, has been arguably the Knicks’ best center this month.

Third center Isaiah Hartenstein is dealing with Achilles pain and has admitted a difficult adjustment to his limited role in attacking Tom Thibodeau.

Robinson’s production is also down as he grapples with a familiar problem of big trouble. His 3.5 fouls per game is a career high despite having the fewest minutes played since Robinson’s rookie season.

He fouled 23 minutes into Thursday’s loss to the Blazers and was forced to watch overtime from the bench.

“We just took a step back. We didn’t raise our hands,” Robinson said after the Knicks allowed 51 foul shots in Portland. “Especially me. I have to put my hands up. I’ve been out for a little while. But I’m not going to use that as an excuse.

BRUNSON COULD MISS NEXT GAME

Jalen Brunson, the Knicks’ most reliable player this season, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s home game with the Grizzlies due to a confused quad.

He did not participate in Saturday’s practice.

Cam Reddish (sore groin) and Derrick Rose (sore toe) are also questionable.

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