The New York Knicks received challenging injury news on Thursday. According to the team’s announcement after the trade deadline, OG Anunoby is set to miss at least three weeks following surgery to remove a loose bone fragment in his right elbow.
The surgery, viewed as the “most effective/fastest way to get him fully healthy” for the later stages of the season and playoffs, was reported by SNY’s Ian Begley. Anunoby is expected to resume basketball activities in three weeks.
Acquired from the Toronto Raptors in December, Anunoby quickly made an impact in his 14 games with the Knicks, forming a formidable trio with Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle. Despite missing the last five games due to initially diagnosed elbow inflammation, the Knicks have maintained a 4-1 record.
Anunoby’s absence is notable, considering his positive impact on the team. With aspirations for an NBA title, the Knicks made significant moves at the trade deadline, acquiring Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanović from the Detroit Pistons.
Anunoby’s contributions include averaging 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.1 blocks with impressive shooting percentages of 51.6% from the field and 39.1% from beyond the arc since joining the Knicks.
During Anunoby’s recovery period, the recently acquired Bogdanović will share the scoring responsibilities alongside Brunson and Randle. This transition should be seamless, given Bogdanović’s strong season averages of 20.2 points on 46.8% shooting from the field.
On Thursday, the Knicks hold the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 33-18 record, trailing the first-place Boston Celtics by six games and sitting one game behind the No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers.