Knicks Big Man Has Surgery; Will Miss Weeks

A tough break for the New York Knicks today, as just hours after injuring his thumb in Wednesday night's game, center Mitchell Robinson underwent surgery and will be out a minimum of three weeks. 

Robinson suffered a fractured right thumb less than four minutes into the game. It was first thought to be a sprain. 

He tried to play through it the rest of the first quarter, but didn't return the rest of the game.  

The Knicks says the surgery was successful, and Robinson will be re-evaluated in three weeks.  

A big loss for the team, particularly on the defensive end, as Robinson was averaging 1.8 blocked shots per game, while pulling down 8.9 rebounds. 

In a very curious twist, the Dallas Mavericks also lost a key big man to a fractured thumb Wednesday night, but is expected to be evaluated in only one week. 

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