Mitchell Robinson’s return to the court couldn’t have come at a better time for the New York Knicks. After fracturing his thumb on Jan. 18, the team’s starting enter was sidelined for several weeks before sliding back into the starting lineup in New York’s first game after the break.
His talents were put on full display in the Knicks’ dominant 109-94 win over the Celtics on Monday night. The win moved the team up to No. 5 in the Eastern Conference and knocked the Nets down to No. 6, so it was a double win for New York fans.
There was a lot to like about the Knicks’ win over their hated rival, but perhaps the best play of the game happened thanks to Robinson.
In the first quarter, Robinson was at risk of being put on a poster by Jayson Tatum, but instead, the seven-foot big man delivered.
Mitchell Robinson’s epic Jayson Tatum block helped ignite Knicks to big win
How did Mitchell Robinson make that look so easy? His little shrug at the end was the best part. Blocking an MVP candidate is simply all in a day’s work for Robinson.
Jayson Tatum might’ve been experiencing some deja vu after Robinson’s block, considering it was eerily similar to when Bam Adebayo blocked him in the bubble a few years ago.
There’s a reason why the Knicks retained Robinson in free agency and gave him a four-year, $60 million deal. Similar to Jalen Brunson, Robinson’s new contract was labeled as an overpay, but it’s hard to place value on the impact that he brings to the team. Look no further than how New York looks without him on the floor. If he can stay healthy, he’ll play a big role in the Knicks making what fans hope will be a playoff run.
Don’t sleep on Mitchell Robinson. Not only is he one of the best offensive rebounders in the game of basketball, but he isn’t a player that you want to meet at the rim. Just ask Jayson Tatum.