Knicks: How Mitchell Robinson’s impending return will affect the lineup

Mitchell Robinson returned to practice for the New York Knicks on Wednesday, giving the team plenty of hope heading into the playoffs. Robinson’s reinsertion into the lineup will have huge implications on the Knicks’ effectiveness on both ends of the court.

First, the 25-year-old center is moving well after being out for more than three months following surgery on his left ankle. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau spoke highly of the defender’s encouraging activity levels following Wednesday’s practice, as Stefan Bondy of the New York Post mentioned.

Robinson’s progression also comes at an opportune time. Even though the Knicks have won in four of their last five games, they have allowed 11 of their last 12 opponents to grab double-digit offensive rebounds. When Robinson was under center in the first 21 games, New York allowed such performances on only eight occasions.

The Western Kentucky product will dramatically change how the Knicks can hold the boards. It will also help New York protect the rim. There are several big men who could be a problem for the Knicks in a potential playoff series.

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