Sports doctor analyzes Knicks star Jalen Brunson’s injury

The New York Knicks breathed a sigh of relief after their All-Star point guard Jalen Brunson dodged a serious knee injury.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters that Brunson suffered a knee contusion and that his x-rays came back negative, confirming Dr. Brian Sutterer’s initial prognosis.

“It almost seems to me like someone who has a temporary misstep,” Dr. Sutterer said on his YouTube channel after seeing Brunson unable to walk as he forced himself off the field after his knee collided with Isaac Okoro of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dr. Sutterer, a sports medicine doctor who has a popular YouTube channel explaining sports injuries, compared Brunson’s initial reaction to that of a martial artist “who has received low kicks to the calf that have injured or stunned the peroneal nerve that raises the ankle”.

Brunson’s failure to lift his ankle as he walked off the field confirmed Dr. Sutterer’s suspicion that Brunson had suffered a contact hit to the outside of his left knee.

“… because that’s where that nerve is and it certainly could have been knocked out almost as if it had hit your funny bone,” Dr. Sutterer said.

He also added, “I don’t see the concerning things that we usually see when there is a serious non-contact injury like an anterior cruciate ligament, a quadriceps patella, or a tendon rupture.”