Jalen Brunson Departs In Opening Minute With Knee Injury

8:37pm: Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said Brunson has a knee contusion and X-rays were negative, Fred Katz of The Athletic tweets.

8:03pm: Knicks All-Star guard Jalen Brunson departed their game against the Cavaliers on Sunday night with what the team’s PR department described as a sore left knee (Twitter link).

Brunson suffered the non-contact injury during the opening minute of the contest. He dribbled to the elbow and elevated to take a shot. He grabbed his leg before he even landed.

Brunson briefly got up and hobbled around before he was helped to the locker room.

A significant injury to their floor leader would obviously be a devastating blow to the Knicks, who are already operating without three starters. Julius Randle is recovering from a dislocated shoulder and OG Anunoby is trying to work his way back from elbow surgery. Mitchell Robinson has been sidelined since early December after undergoing ankle surgery.

Brunson is averaging a career-high 27.7 points and 6.7 assists per contest. He averaged 31.9 points and 7.4 assists in 37.8 minutes per game during February.

If Brunson is out for an extended period, the Knicks will have to lean on backup Miles McBride. Shake Milton, who was bought out by the Pistons, is expected to sign with New York and could also jump into the guard rotation.

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