Knicks forward Lance Thomas suffered a particularly brutal blow to the head a mere two minutes into Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors. He struggled to get off the court, and would not return in New York’s 116-101.
Now that the proper tests have been conducted, we are learning the full extent of the damage. And it ain’t good:
Thomas has l. orbital fracture & concussion-like symptoms.He will be further evaluated tomorrow in New York& is expected to be out tomorrow.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 15, 2017
Thomas was in the NBA’s concussion protocol last season after a blow to the head, so let’s hope everything’s OK in that department. As for the orbital bone fracture, that’s the same type of injury Chasson Randle suffered in the preseason. Derrick Rose went through a similar ordeal last season with Chicago. Are orbital bones the new knees for this franchise?
If I might put my amateur stethoscope on for a moment, I’d wager there’s no chance Lance misses fewer than two weeks, even in the best-case scenario. It’s a damn shame, too — he had finally started to move like the Lance of old after suffering plantar fasciitis in both feet earlier in the season.
Take your time and heal up, Lance. It’s not like this team is going anywhere.