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Knicks Rumors: ‘Pessimism’ OG Anunoby Will Play in Game 3 vs. Pacers After Injury | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on May 9, 2024

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The New York Knicks didn’t have OG Anunoby for the fourth quarter of their Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday after he suffered a hamstring injury, and they may not have him for Friday’s Game 3 either.

“There’s no official word from the yet on OG Anunoby’s health status, but late Wednesday night there was pessimism internally about Anunoby’s availability for Game 3 of Knicks-Pacers on Friday,” Ian Begley of SNY reported Thursday. “That pessimism remained earlier Thursday morning, as Anunoby’s sore hamstring is feared to be more than just a cramp.”

It was evident in the moment that something was bothering the forward when he seemingly lost control of the ball on a transition opportunity and immediately grabbed at his hamstring.

He limped off the floor and did not return, which was a blow for the Knicks considering he was one of the best players on the floor in Game 2 with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists on 10-of-19 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range.

It wasn’t the only injury concern, as Jalen Brunson spent extended stretches of the first half in the locker room with a foot injury before returning in the second half and spearheading the 130-121 victory to take a 2-0 series lead.

The Knicks are already playing without Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson and Bojan Bogdanović and aren’t exactly deep even if Anunoby and Brunson are fully healthy.

Precious Achiuwa and Miles McBride were the only ones to play more than one minute off the bench in Wednesday’s win, and they combined for 12 points. That was an offensive explosion compared to Game 1 when the New York bench managed three total points even with Robinson playing.

Anunoby has been a significant boost on both ends of the floor for a Knicks team dealing with so many injuries in the playoffs and has averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals while shooting 39.5 percent from deep through six postseason contests.

The Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed will be even thinner if he can’t take the floor, which makes the 2-0 cushion it built through the first two games at home all the more important as the series progresses.

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