As Katz details, Brunson appeared to be favoring his right hip in the second half. Head coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game that he wasn’t sure why Brunson had to sub out, but noted that the 26-year-old was being evaluated by the team’s training staff.
Brunson wasn’t made available to speak to the media after the game, Katz adds, and the Knicks haven’t made any formal announcements regarding his status, so it’s too early to say what might be ailing him, or if he might miss additional time.
The Knicks gave Brunson a four-year, $104MM contract as a free agent in the offseason, and he’s played at a high level so far. Through 33 games (32.4 minutes per contest), he’s averaging 20.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.1 steals on .458/.365/.875 shooting.
After dropping Sunday’s game, the Knicks have now lost three straight following an eight-game winning streak. They currently hold an 18-16 record, the No. 6 seed in the East, and their next game is Tuesday at Dallas, Brunson’s former team.