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Knicks’ Jalen Brunson may be running out of time after injury exit

This time, Jalen Brunson couldn’t shake it off.

After going down hard earlier in the game, to keep playing, his second hard trip to the ground on Sunday night ended his night.

With 9:03 left in the game, Brunson sprained his right ankle while defending a practice and did not return in the Knicks’ 112-99 win over the Kings at the Garden. Sacramento’s Davion Mitchell landed on Brunson’s leg and the Knicks guard limped to the locker room.

His status for Wednesday’s game against the Bulls in Chicago is uncertain.

“I do not know [if he’ll play]. To be completely honest, we’ll see where it stands [on Monday]said coach Tom Thibodeau. “I will have a further update from the medical staff when I return to the dressing room.”

The Knicks were already playing shorthanded, without spare key Obi Toppin for the next few weeks due to an undisplaced fracture of the right fibula. Losing Brunson for a significant period of time would be crushing. After coming to free agency this summer, he’s stabilized the point guard position, averaging 20.2 points, 6.4 assists and shooting 46.3 percent from the field.

Jalen Brunson lies on the ground in pain during the Knicks’ win over the Kings.
Robert Sabo for NY POST
Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson could be running out of time with his injury.
Robert Sabo for NY POST

“I just went to talk to him in the locker room. He was in good spirits,” Immanuel Quickley said after the Knicks’ fourth straight win. “He’s a badass. That’s what he’s been for us all year. Whether it’s scoring, going down, getting up, defending, he’s been a large part of our team.

Brunson was not made available to the media.

After a couple of lost games, he was playing well against the Kings, scoring 18 points in 27 minutes on 7-of-14 shooting. Without Brunson, Thibodeau can return to personal favorite Derrick Rose, who was recently dropped from the rotation in favor of second Miles McBride year.

“Everything is on the table,” Thibodeau said.

The Knicks showcased a rare night-to-night continuity in today’s NBA, a team that hasn’t had to play without any of its top three players this season. Brunson, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett started all 27 games. But that could change this week with Brunson’s health now a question mark.

New York Post

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