The New York Knicks didn’t play very well on Saturday night in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, and the news didn’t get much better on the injury front. Rookie big man Obi Toppin will miss at least a week with a strained calf.
An MRI confirmed that Obi Toppin has a strained right calf. He will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) December 27, 2020
I’m gonna be honest: That “He will be reevaluated in 7-10 days” jive sounds suspiciously like Obi will be gone for at least 2-3 weeks. Leg muscle strains can be tricky, and the last year you’d want Obi to do is re-injure the calf and miss significant time, so the Knicks would be wise to take it easy with the their rookie.
As for the rotation, we probably already saw Obi’s replacement at power forward last night when Kevin Knox shifted to the 4 during the game against Philly. Knox played a pretty good game, and fans have been clamoring for him to play more minutes at power forward, so he’ll get his chance. It just sucks that his chance had to come like this, is all.