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Jalen Brunson returns from injury at halftime to lead Knicks’s win


New York’s Game 2 victory at the Madison Square Garden came with a cost this Wednesday night, as the team lost both OG Anunoby and Jalen Brunson to injury. However, the star point guard returned at halftime, after he had exited with a right foot issue in the first quarter.

According to teammate Isaiah Hartenstein, he heard the crowd’s roar from the locker room when it was announced that Brunson would return and was seen walking through the tunnel and unto the court. The shouting became so loud that the 27-year-old even told the audience to tone it down so he could concentrate on the game.

However, the MVP chants inspired him to become just that, and stage a comeback to finally beat the Pacers 130 to 121 and take a 2-0 lead in these Eastern Conference playoff series.

“It was really cool, but I just knew I had to get my mind in the right place to figure out how I was going to attack in the second half,” Jalen said of being greeted by the fans chants, as he ended up scoring 29 points and handing out 5 assists in 32 minutes of play.

His coach Tom Thibodeau delivered his usual praise. “He’s a great leader, and the players all have respect for that when a guy tries to give whatever he has. It says a lot about him,” said the Knicks tactician. “To me, the actions say a lot more than the words. It says that you care a lot about your team and your teammates.”

Donte DiVincenzo, who also contributed heavily with 28 points to his name, acknowledged how Brunson has inspired the entire team this postseason. “He’s a warrior,” said the former Golden State guard. “There was no doubt in my mind he’d be back.”

However, not all is good news in the Manhattan camp, as the series shift to Indianapolis for Game 3 and 4 this weekend, and they’ve lost OG Anunoby indefinitely. The New York star defender, who even dropped his own playoff career-high 28 points last night, exited the match in the third period with a left hamstring injury.

New York big man Mitchell Robinson also injured his ankle in Game 1 and might not return this season

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