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Despite suffering a sprained finger on Friday night, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson will play against the Kings on Sunday.

The New York Knicks are counting on Mitchell Robinson this season. On Friday, he jammed his finger on a dunk attempt and had to briefly leave the game. He would later return.

On Saturday, the team announced that Robinson had sprained his left ring finger. He will wear a splint but the injury won’t force Robinson to miss Sunday’s Sacramento Kings game.

Robinson is a righty shooter, but he regularly uses either hand at the rim. Defensively, the 7-footer is adept at blocking shots with his left hand.

Jammed fingers are just a part of the game. It happens at every level and it’s never fun to deal with, but Robinson should be just fine. If the Knicks are letting him play through the injury, it can be all that bad.

Robinson is off to a slow start this season. His minutes are down because he’s falling victim to early foul trouble in games. He’s still blocking shots at an alarming rate, but he can’t block anything from the bench.

The 21-year-old is averaging 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. And once again, he’s doing almost all of his scoring at or around the rim.

One early development to keep an eye on is Robinson’s free-throw shooting. He is 9-for-12 thus far on the season.

Much was made over the summer about his willingness to add a three-pointer to his repertoire. However, upping his free-throw shooting from last season’s 60% would go much further towards improving Robinson’s overall game.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.