How long will the New York Knicks be without Quentin Grimes?

New York Knicks, Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
New York Knicks, Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The New York Knicks had a scary moment last night when rookie Quentin Grimes fell to the floor in pain in what appeared to be a knee injury.

Knee injuries are always scary, and the severity of Grimes’ injury was mostly unknown up until today. The initial diagnosis from last night was a “subluxation of right patella,” which could have some varying and potentially lengthy recovery times.

New York Knicks: How long will Quentin Grimes be out for?

Early today, sources confirmed to SNY’s Ian Begley that Quentin Grimes avoided needing surgery on the knee and that he would be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

Grimes reportedly felt pain after the injury but it wasn’t “severe”.  He tweeted out after the game that he was feeling better.

As far as knee injuries go, this is clearly far from a worst-case scenario. Avoiding surgery is a good sign.

However, being “re-evaluated” in two weeks doesn’t shed too much light on how long the New York Knicks will be without their rookie.

With the way that the season has been going and the team plummeting in the standings, I would believe that there is a real chance that Grimes doesn’t return for NY this season.

The 2-3 week timetable would put us in the middle of March, with around 3 weeks left in the season. The New York Knicks could still make a run at the play-in tournament, but right now things aren’t looking too bright for them.

Grimes was enjoying a really nice rookie season that has seen him cement himself as an NBA-level shooter and he has quickly become a fan favorite. His hard-nosed defense has also been refreshing to see.

I’m sure he would be the first one to declare himself ready to play in a few weeks, but as a key part of this team’s future, a conservative approach might be best. No need to test something that’s iffy and risk an aggravation heading into the offseason.

We’ll see how Grimes feels when he’s reevaluated in a few weeks.

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