Kyle Lowry
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On Monday night, Mitchell Robinson fell on Kyle Lowry, forcing him to leave the game, but the New York Knicks rookie denies any foul play.

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For all the spectacular plays Mitchell Robinson makes on the court, it’s clear that he’s still a little bit awkward on the floor. The New York Knicks second-round sensation has a tendency to foul when he shouldn’t and isn’t always in control of what his long limbs are doing.

It comes as no surprise that he and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry became entangled while going for a loose ball on Monday.

“I think it was a little bit dirty,” Lowry told Josh Lewenberg of TSN. “He grabbed me, pulled me down. He’s a young kid so I don’t know if he did it on purpose or not, but I think he’ll learn his lesson next time and be a little bit more careful.”

Calling that play “a little bit dirty” seems like a stretch. Perhaps it was a little bit reckless on Robinson’s part, but there is no chance he was intent on hurting Lowry in a blowout.


Robinson took to social media after the game to squash any notion that he was intentionally trying to take Lowry out.

But Robinson didn’t stop there. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the rookie posted a photo of Lowry clearly grabbing his arm and pulling the rookie down with him. This photo seems to refute Lowry’s claim that Robinson “pulled” him down.

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All in all, this should be a lesson for Robinson. There’s no chance he was trying to hurt Lowry, but he needs to learn how to control his body better.

Additionally, if anyone needs any evidence that he is a bit clumsy on the court, he fouled out in 14 minutes in this game.

He still has a long way to go, but on the bright side, he recorded three blocks. Robinson tied Patrick Ewing for most consecutive blocks by a Knicks rookie with 28 straight games. Furthermore, he has recorded multiple blocks in 19 straight games. There’s something special there, even if he isn’t always going to be perfect.


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