Less than 24 hours after hobbling off the Celtics court with an ankle injury, Jalen Brunson walked without a limp during a celebration from his alma mater.
Brunson attended Villanova's 65-56 victory over UCLA in Philadelphia. There, he was introduced to the crowd, waving and walking normally on the court, cheering as he was caught on video of the event.
The 27-year-old, who has not missed a game with the Knicks this season, twisted his ankle in the final seconds of Friday night's loss to the Celtics. Brunson retreated to the bench, where he hunched over in pain.
He then left the arena without speaking to the media.
With 21.1 seconds remaining and a 12-point deficit, Brunson was injured, and his injury became a hot topic after the game.
The Celtics were without most of their starters, but Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau kept his top players during garbage time.
Brunson stepped on the foot of Celtics guard Peyton Pritchard and rolled his ankle.
Judging by Brunson's performance against Villanova, the Knicks appear to have avoided a major incident.
They play the Raptors at MSG on Monday before a five-game road trip.
Brunson attended the Villanova game along with former college and current NBA teammate Josh Hart.