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Mitchell Robinson’s Knicks’ timetable unclear despite progress

SALT LAKE CITY — Mitchell Robinson is making progress with his sprained right knee, although a timetable for his return still remains unclear.

The Knicks’ shot-blocking machine last appeared in a game on Nov. 4 against the 76ers, but he has begun to do some things in practice without contact.

“He’s getting better. Day-to-day. He’s making good progress though so we’re encouraged by that,” coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday night before the Knicks faced the Jazz to kick off a five-game road trip.

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The Knicks’ defense has struggled without Robinson, getting shredded by the Celtics (133 points), Nets (112) and Thunder (145) in losses. Not having their defensive anchor has obviously not helped. Jericho Sims and Isaiah Hartenstein have started in place of Robinson to mixed results.

Quentin Grimes had registered just eight minutes apiece in two games since returning from that nagging sore left foot. Thibodeau didn’t say if he was ready to push him more, but the longer he stays healthy, the more of a chance there is of that happening.

“We’re hopeful. He missed all of training camp, the start of the season. He’s moving well, he’s starting to get his timing back,” Thibodeau said. “So that’s an encouraging sign for us.”

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