Knicks' Star Jalen Brunson Suffers Left Knee Contusion In Scary Fall; X-rays Negative

Photo: Instagram/Jalen Brunson

Jalen Brunson, the New York Knicks' first-time All-Star, sustained a left knee contusion less than a minute into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Despite a concerning collapse on the court, X-rays revealed no fractures, offering a glimmer of relief for the Knicks.

Starters Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, and Mitchell Robinson are already sidelined due to injuries, leaving the Knicks heavily reliant on Brunson's stellar performances. Coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed the knee contusion, initially labeled as soreness, and Brunson was ruled out in the third quarter.

Photo: Instagram/Jalen Brunson

Remarkably, the injury didn't deter the Knicks from securing a 107-98 victory on the road. Donte DiVincenzo stepped up with a 28-point performance, showcasing the team's resilience even without their leading scorers and defenders.

The win holds significant playoff implications, maintaining the Knicks' No. 4 seed and narrowing the gap on the No. 3 seeded Cavaliers. However, the road ahead remains uncertain as the team anxiously awaits Brunson's return to ensure their playoff aspirations stay alive.

Brunson, a standout guard, has been a crucial factor in the Knicks' success this season, averaging career highs in points and assists. Despite the setback, the positive news of a contusion offers hope for a quicker recovery compared to more severe non-contact knee injuries.

The Knicks, who have faced adversity throughout the season, now face the challenge of maintaining their position until Brunson returns to the court, knowing his presence is essential for any playoff ambitions. (Source: CBS SPORTS)

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