Knicks All-Star Jalen Brunson Escapes Serious Injury Scare

Knicks All-Star guard Jalen Brunson sustained a left knee injury during the game on Sunday in the first minute of a 107-98 win over the Cavaliers.

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New York Knicks, star player Jalen Brunson suffered a frightening knee injury just 47 seconds into their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. However, a subsequent medical evaluation brought a sense of relief to the team and fans.

The incident occurred as Brunson attempted a jump shot, experiencing visible pain during takeoff and landing, eventually throwing up an airball. Coach Tom Thibodeau provided reassurance, stating,

“Anytime someone goes down like that, you have concern, but then he felt a little better. He had the X-rays, he was examined by the doctors, and so that news is good.”

The initial diagnosis revealed a “contused” knee, and X-rays came back negative, ruling out more severe injuries. Thibodeau acknowledged the possibility of Brunson playing in the upcoming game against the Hawks, saying, “It’s a knee contusion, and everything was negative, so we’ll see where he is [Monday].”

While the exact cause of the injury is unclear, Thibodeau mentioned that Brunson knocked knees during an offensive possession, potentially colliding with Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein. The pain seemed delayed, occurring moments after an apparent collision.

A potential absence of Brunson for an extended period would pose a challenge for the Knicks, who are already dealing with injuries to key players like Julius Randle and OG Anunoby. Brunson, the team’s leading scorer, has been crucial for the Knicks this season, averaging 27.7 points and 6.7 assists. Despite the hitch, the Knicks secured a 107-98 victory over the Cavaliers.

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