The New York Knicks announced on Thursday afternoon that center Mitchell Robinson underwent successful surgery on his right thumb and is expected to return in three weeks.
Robinson injured his thumb during the Knicks’ 116-105 loss to the Washington Wizards, thereby prompting him to leave the court during the first half of play. The team initially labeled his injury as a right thumb sprain before Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau announced that the center would undergo further evaluations on Thursday in order to better determine the extent of the injury.
At 24 years of age, Robinson has proved himself to be a vital player in the Knicks roster, averaging 7.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His average of 4.3 offensive boards a night is the second most in the league behind Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams.
Robinson’s absence will be felt greatly by the Knicks over what will be a crucial three weeks ahead. Currently, the Knicks are tied with the Miami Heat in sixth place on the Eastern Conference standings, making their upcoming games against the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, and the Cleveland Cavalier’s must-wins.