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OG Anunoby cleared for contact in positive Knicks injury sign

On the day the Knicks received the shocking news that Julius Randle would not be back this season, manager Tom Thibodeau expressed optimism regarding the team’s other sidelined forward.

OG Anunoby was cleared for contact and has resumed 5-on-5 practice, Thibodeau said before Thursday’s 120-109 game against the Kings at the Garden.

“OG is good. He’s getting closer,” Thibodeau said. “So we’re optimistic about that, but cautiously optimistic.”


OG Anunoby, who was pictured last month, missed his ninth consecutive game on Thursday. charles wenzelberg

Anunoby has been sidelined for most of the game since Jan. 27 due to a right elbow injury that required surgery.

The two-way wing returned for three games in mid-March, but missed his ninth straight game Thursday against Sacramento.

The Knicks won 15 of the 17 games Anunoby, acquired from the Raptors in a trade in late December, played this season.

“One thing is, when he first came back, we already saw what it was going to be like,” Thibodeau said. “His game is unique in terms of defense, rebounding, moving without the ball, running the floor. He’s also versatile offensively. But he can fit in seamlessly.

“One thing about the elbow injury is he can handle the conditioning part. That’s probably the positive thing about it all.”


Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and Josh Hart (wrist) were listed as questionable, but both played.

This was the fourth of the last five games Robinson has played.

He had 7 rebounds and 2 points in 15 minutes.

“In terms of what you expect, there are some good moments and some moments that obviously could be better,” Thibodeau said beforehand. “Every day should be better. That’s what we want.”

Hart played well, finishing with 31 points on 14-of-19 shooting, nine rebounds and eight assists.


The Kings were without Malik Monk (knee) and Kevin Huerter (shoulder).

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