How will the Knicks replace Mitchell Robinson after his season-ending injury?

The New York Knicks rotation was already poor at the start of the playoffs, and now it’s even more so after the team announced Tuesday that backup center Mitchell Robinson suffered a stress ankle injury and will be re-evaluated in 6- 8 weeks, essentially ending his postseason. prematurely.

Once again, the Knicks will now have to move on to the next man up, likely Precious Achiuwa, who played four minutes in Game 1 against the Pacers but otherwise hasn’t seen the court much during the playoffs.

Achiuwa will now be the backup center moving forward, leaving the Knicks’ second unit with just two players: Achiuwa and guard Miles McBride.

Achiuwa has been a revelation since arriving as part of the deal with OG Anunoby, especially on the defensive side of the ball, which proved to pay dividends when he blocked reigning MVP and 76ers star Joel Embiid in a decisive victory in Game 4 in the first game. round as he replaces an injured Robinson.

While Achiuwa is still a useful backup big who can provide quality minutes against a strong Pacers offense that features a lot of size, the Knicks will still miss Robinson dearly, as he provided them with a commanding presence under the basket on both ends of the floor. flooring. Robinson was also helpful as Isaiah Hartenstein found himself in trouble frequently during the first round, but now the Knicks no longer have that save option to turn to in case that happens again.

Therefore, if injuries or foul trouble allow, fourth-string center Jericho Sims could also see minimal on-court action, although the Knicks will likely try to avoid attacking him in any way given that he has been out of the rotation for several months.

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