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Knicks veteran demoted for Game 6 vs. Sixers

The New York Knicks have been dealing with injury issues lately and veteran reserve Mitchell Robinson has been a focal point of late.

Although Robinson returned from a months-long injury before the regular season ended, the veteran has been battling a setback since before Game 3.

Robinson was cleared to play last Thursday in South Philadelphia, but his shift ended after just 11 minutes. During the Game 3 loss to the Knicks, Robinson experienced ankle pain. He was later diagnosed with a sprain and was sidelined for the entire second half.

Robinson was seen wearing a walking boot leaving the Wells Fargo Center. And when the Knicks held a practice session the next day, the veteran center did not participate. As expected, the Knicks listed Robinson as questionable for Game 4.

The expectation was that Robinson would play, but his pregame workout routine did not go as planned. After testing his ankle, Robinson was demoted to out. Without him, the Knicks cruised to a victory in Game 4 on the road before returning to Madison Square Garden.

Robinson was questionable again before Game 5. Unlike last Sunday, Robinson’s pregame warmup revealed that he could push through the pain and play. Robinson would play a 25-minute shift against the Sixers on Tuesday night.

The big man spent 25 minutes, scoring two points on two shots. He totaled seven rebounds, along with three steals and two blocks on the offensive end. While Robinson had a decent outing, he was responsible for a key four-point play in regulation. The Knicks came up short against the Sixers in overtime, keeping Philadelphia in the fight.

Robinson’s status for Game 6 is up in the air. Once again, the Knicks consider him questionable to play. The Sixers and Knicks will kick off on Thursday at 9 pm ET.