The New York Knicks announced Thursday afternoon that center Mitchell Robinson had successful surgery to repair a broken right thumb suffered in Wednesday night’s loss to the Washington Wizards.
The team said Robinson’s progress would be evaluated before returning in three weeks.
Robinson came out of Wednesday’s first-half loss with what the team said was a sprained right thumb, and Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said he would be evaluated Thursday.
Robinson, 24, is averaging 7.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, including 4.3 offensive boards per night, the second most of any player in the league behind Grizzlies center Steven Adams.
His absence will be a significant blow for New York (25-21), which is tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with Miami. The Knicks are outscoring teams 8.2 points per 100 possessions when Robinson is on the floor — easily the best of any rotation player — and he’s outscored 1.1 points when he’s on the bench.
With Robinson sidelined, New York will turn to a combination of Isaiah Hartenstein and Jericho Sims at center, and could also use some smaller lineups with Julius Randle at center or with Randle and third-year forward Obi Toppin.