Knee Injury To Knicks’ Jalen Brunson Not Considered Serious

The knee injury suffered by New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson is not serious, coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters on Sunday.Jalen Brunson, NBA, Mavericks, Knicks

Brunson went down in the first quarter after knocking knees in the Knicks’ 107-98 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 “They just did an X-ray, everything was negative,” Thibodeau said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Post. “I guess (Brunson may play Tuesday vs. the Hawks). It’s a knee contusion and everything was negative so we’ll see where he is (Monday).”

Thibodeau added that it’s unclear how Brunson suffered the injury, forcing the All-Star to exit the game in the first minute.

Knicks guard Josh Hart finished with 13 points, a whopping 19 rebounds and 10 assists, joking that he had no choice but to put up a triple-double since “Jalen decided he didn’t want to play.”

Also, guard Donte DiVincenzo said he suspects Brunson will be all right.

“I asked him if he was OK and he said he’d be fine. And that’s everything to me,” DiVincenzo said, via Bondy. “Like I said the last time he went down (with a sprained ankle earlier in the season), I don’t worry about Jalen. He’s one of the toughest guys in the league. So whatever it is, I truly can say, I don’t know. Whatever it is, he’s going to bounce back. He’s tough as nails.”

Brunson, 27, is having a career season with averages of 27.7 points, 6.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds, shooting 48 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-pointers. 

The Knicks (36-25) are fourth in the Eastern Conference, one spot behind the Cavs.

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