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Why isn’t Mitchell Robinson playing for the Knicks against the Pacers in game 5?

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New York Knicks fans have received unfortunate news: Mitchell Robinson, the backup center, is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs due to a stress injury to his left ankle. Robinson played for only 12 minutes in Game 1 against the Pacers and underwent surgery on the same ankle in December, which resulted in him missing 50 Games. During Game 3 against the 76ers, his injury resurfaced, complicating his recovery further. The latest surgery confirmed he will be out for this season without a chance for a comeback during the playoffs.

Robinson had shown promise in previous matchups, particularly when defending Joel Embiid during the series against the 76ers. But his absence in crucial moments has forced the Knicks to rely on other options, such as Precious Achiuwa.

The loss of Robinson adds to the Knicks’ growing list of injured players, leaving them with even fewer options at the center position. This setback raises concerns about the team’s depth as they continue their playoff journey. Additionally, attention should be brought to a sour-in-the-mouth moment during the 76ers series playoff game involving Joel Embiid. He pulled Robinson, who was in the air, down to the ground, causing him to land dangerously and likely resulting in harming him. As a result, Robinson suffered an ankle injury, which ultimately sidelined him for the rest of the series. This incident has sparked many conversations about player safety and the need for stricter enforcement of fouls to prevent unnecessary injuries.

As the Knicks face this setback, they must regroup and adjust their strategy for the remainder of the playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. After a dramatic Game 4 loss, they are facing the Pacers tonight in Game 5, with the Pacers having a chance to lead the Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the New York Knicks and break the tie.

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