Mitchell Robinson
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After taking a shot to the head in the opening minutes, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson will not return to the game.

Just when the New York Knicks are starting to show some life, the team catches another bad break. Mitchell Robinson took an elbow from Markieff Morris early against the Detroit Pistons and was forced to leave the game with concussion-like symptoms according to the team.

Robinson played well despite suffering the blow to the head early. He scored six points and corralled four rebounds in just seven minutes of game action.

Playing significant minutes against Andre Drummond was going to be a major test for Robinson. Drummond is currently playing some of the best basketball of his career and he’s a physically-imposing presence who offers up a unique challenge for Robinson.

Unfortunately, the young Knicks center appeared to be shaken up from the elbow and after he came out in the first quarter, his night was over.

The last thing the Knicks want to see is Robinson go down for any length of time. He is one of the team’s cornerstone pieces of the future and his development will be one of the most important aspects of a successful season.

The Louisiana native was taken out of the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. The Knicks lost that game by 23 points at home and Robinson was quickly inserted back into the starting five on Wednesday.

The Knicks’ next game is Friday on the road against the Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET).

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