February 20, 2024

Sources – Knicks’ OG Anunoby to resume hoops activities in 3 weeks

New York Knicks ahead OG Anunoby underwent surgical procedure to take away a unfastened bone fragment in his proper elbow Thursday, and sources instructed ESPN that he’s anticipated to resume basketball activities in three weeks.

Anunoby’s process was thought of minor, and the idea is that he’ll be absolutely healed to play for the Knicks’ stretch run and playoffs, sources stated. Anunoby has missed 5 straight video games and can miss 4 extra earlier than the All-Star break that begins for the Knicks on Feb. 15.

“We tried to approach it with rest first, and then you trust the medical [staff], you trust him, and this was the best course of action,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau stated earlier than Dallas beat New York at Madison Square Garden on Thursday evening.

“It seemed to make the most sense to all of us. So that’s part of it … You deal with it, and next guy get in there, get the job done.”

The Knicks acquired Anunoby from the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 30 in a 4-participant commerce and proceeded to win 12 of the subsequent 14 video games with him in the lineup. Anunoby has averaged 15.6 factors and 4.6 rebounds with the Knicks. His optimistic plus-minus score in his first 14 video games with the Knicks is probably the most since play-by-play was first tracked in 1996-1997, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Information analysis.

His plus-252 mark can be tied with teammate Jalen Brunson for the second-greatest plus-minus in the NBA since Jan. 1 — trailing solely the Cleveland CavaliersDonovan Mitchell, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Information analysis.

Anunoby has proven himself to be maybe the league’s greatest defender since arriving to the Knicks, holding opponents to 36.7% taking pictures because the closest defender, greatest in the league amongst gamers who defended 150-plus pictures.

Anunoby, 26, has made 39% of his 3-level pictures since becoming a member of the Knicks, together with 19 nook 3-pointers.

Both Anunoby’s and Julius Randle‘s accidents performed an element in the Knicks’ deadline offers to purchase Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks from the Detroit Pistons, sources stated. Randle has been out with a proper shoulder damage.

Not solely did New York play Thursday’s sport with out Anunoby and Randle, however they had been additionally lacking Mitchell Robinson, who has been out since December following ankle surgical procedure, and Brunson, whom Thibodeau stated is day-to-day with a sprained ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Then, throughout Thursday’s sport, the Knicks — already down to eight gamers — misplaced one other when heart (*3*) was dominated out for the second half with a sore left Achilles. It’s a difficulty that first cropped up for Hartenstein final month, although Thibodeau stated after the sport he hadn’t spoken to the medical workers but and did not have an replace.

Thibodeau stated the hope was that Bogdanovic and Burks can be prepared to play for Saturday’s sport at MSG in opposition to the Indiana Pacers, although that might be depending on all gamers concerned in the deal passing physicals. He additionally stated he wasn’t certain in regards to the standing of ahead Taj Gibson, who’s on the ultimate day of his present 10-day contract with the franchise.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.