Knicks All Star guard Jalen Brunson Exits Game with Left Leg Injury

The New York Knicks faced a setback on Sunday as their All-Star guard, Jalen Brunson, had to be assisted off the court early in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a left leg injury.

Brunson, a key scorer for the Knicks with an average of 27.2 points per game, appeared to sustain the injury while attempting a jump shot over Cleveland’s Isaac Okoro. Despite no apparent contact during the play, Brunson immediately grabbed his left leg and fell to the floor. After sitting for a moment, he was helped to the locker room, signaling immediate concern among teammates and fans.

Attempting to play through the pain, Brunson briefly got up, limped to the sideline, and then dropped back down. His evident distress led to being assisted to the locker room, prompting worries about the severity of the injury.

Initially diagnosed as a sore knee, the Knicks later confirmed that Brunson would not return to the game in the third quarter. A replay revealed that Brunson had collided knees with Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein early in the game, as he moved past his teammate who was setting a screen.

Brunson, known for his elite scoring, has been a crucial player for the Knicks, especially considering the team’s current roster challenges. The Knicks are already dealing with injuries to starters Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, and O.G. Anunoby.

In his second season with the Knicks, Brunson signed a significant four-year, $104 million contract as a free agent in 2022. The injury raises concerns about the team’s ability to maintain momentum without one of its key offensive contributors and adds an additional layer of adversity to an already challenging season.

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