Mitchell Robinson shines in win over Nuggets; New York’s depth continues stepping up

Jan 4, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) reacts after being called for a foul during the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic missed three of his last four shots and had a turnover in the final minutes of the Knicks’ win over the Nuggets.

His primary defender? Mitchell Robinson.

Robinson’s fingerprints were all over the Knicks’ win over Denver on Saturday. He had seven of New York’s 15 offensive rebounds and added three assists, a steal and a block in the victory.

It was the first time in Robinson’s five-year career that he’d beaten the Nuggets at full strength.

“Jokic is a very talented player,” Robinson said. Getting out there, getting the win, it felt great.”

This was also Robinson’s first game since he wrote a post on Snapchat complaining about his role in the Knicks’ offense. Robinson followed up with a post on Instagram, saying that he’s been through a lot personally recently.

After Saturday’s win, Robinson said that he is indeed happy with his role in New York.

“If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be playing (the way) I just did. So yeah,” the fifth-year center said.

Tom Thibodeau seemed to take Robinson’s comments about his role in stride.

“Mitch has been terrific all season. Anyone can have a bad day. If you have a bad day bounce back, have a great day. Don’t put anything in the way of the team,” Thibodeau said after the Knicks’ win.

I think he understands that. His teammates, they respect him and they appreciate him. We know all the dirty work that he does for the team. It’s a big part. He’s got a huge role for our team. Go out and play, next play, don’t worry about what happened next play. No one’s perfect.”

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Based on how his teammates feel about him, it would be surprising if any Knick was upset with Robinson’s Snapchat post.

“We’re all brothers, so we kinda even joked about it on the plane a little bit,” Immanuel Quickley said. “Mitch, he’s a…


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