What Happened to Jalen Brunson? Knicks Superstar Spreads Worry as He Walks Away With Father at Game 7 vs Pacers

What Happened to Jalen Brunson? Knicks Superstar Spreads Worry as He Walks Away With Father at Game 7 vs Pacers

The Madison Square Garden was not electric today for several reasons, starting from injuries to a complete domination by their rivals, the Indiana Pacers. What was supposed to be a tight game 7, turned into a disappointing evening for the Knicks fans after injuries started to pile up one after the other. OG Anunoby, who returned for game 7, had an early exit, but the elephant in the room was Jalen Brunson’s exit to the locker room.

Brunson was having an off night once again today, with a 6/17 shooting. However, the bigger concern was his injured left hand. The New York Knicks sat Anunoby out for the rest of the game at halftime. Brunson headed to the locker room in the third quarter, with his father and assistant coach of the Knicks, Rick Brunson. After assessment, ESPN reported that Jalen Brunson fractured his left hand, which turned out to become another huge blow for the Knicks.

Knicks’ Jalen Brunson has a fractured left hand.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 19, 2024

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The Knicks were trailing down by double digits when Brunson left the court. Later, they got demolished by the Indiana Pacers, who took advantage of the Knicks’ injuries. The New York unit is out of playoffs with a 130-109 loss in game 7. Sadly, the criticism has shifted towards Brunson, despite his injury.

The Knicks are back to the same place as last season. They were defeated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in 2023. This time it was the Pacers, who have stopped the Knicks from entering the conference finals. It has been 24 years now since the Knicks made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

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Fans believe the Knicks are cursed at this point. It started from forward Julius Randle, who fractured his shoulder around the All-Star break. OG Anunoby and Brunson led the way for the Knicks since then. Later in the playoffs, center Mitchell Robinson injured his ankle in the first round against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. He was injured during the regular season as well. Despite two big losses, the Knicks battled in the second round to take a 2-0 lead vs the Pacers. 

Unfortunately, they lost Anunoby, who had a hamstring pull. Josh Hart, who was a rebounding monster in this playoffs, had an abdominal injury in game 6 in which the Knicks lost. He and Anunoby returned for the decider today, but Jalen Brunson left to the locker room. Also, the Knicks did not have their veteran shooter Bojan Bogdanovic for the entire second round. It’s safe to say the Knicks were just unlucky. Let’s hope they come back stronger next season. 

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