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Tom Thibodeau delivers promising injury news to Jalen Brunson and OG Anunoby


The Knicks are getting healthy at the right time.

The New York Knicks went 4-8 in February as they slid down the Eastern Conference standings. Part of the reason why is injuries, most of them long-term or at least more than a few weeks. Some of the Knicks’ numbers are astonishing to see, including the 14 different players they’ve started this season.

Part of that injured crop includes OG Anunoby, who hasn’t played since Jan. 27 due to an elbow injury. All-Star Julius Randle has also been out since Jan. 27, and leading scorer Jalen Brunson essentially missed three of the last four games, completely missing two while playing less than a minute in a third.

Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau provided updates on Anunoby and Brunson before the Knicks host the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Thibodeau said that Anunoby hasn’t been cleared to fully play yet but is playing five-on-five in practice, per Fred Katz. Brunson meanwhile practiced in full on Thursday, per Thibodeau, but he does not yet know how the Knicks will report it on their upcoming injury report.

Knicks need to get healthy

New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau high fives New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) with guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) and forward OG Anunoby (8) and guard Jalen Brunson (11) during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden
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The Knicks are clinging to a top-six seed in the Eastern Conference standings with about a month left in the regular season. New York holds only a game advantage over the seventh-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. The top six seeds in each conference avoid the play-in tournament.

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The Knicks are 0-3 when both Jalen Brunson and OG Anunoby miss the same game. New York is close to making life difficult for itself in the playoffs. Falling into the play-in should not be the goal nor should it be accepted by the Knicks players and staff.

Getting Brunson and Anunoby back for the stretch run should help the Knicks avoid that possibility. New York could be fully healthy and become a problem in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Andrew Meyers is an avid sports fan with a fondness for Philadelphia teams that rarely love him back. He has two degrees from Quinnipiac University, including a master’s in sports journalism. Outside of ClutchPoints, Meyers does play-by-play broadcasting for various colleges in the northeast.


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