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Knicks center Mitchell Robinson out with right foot fracture

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Mitchell Robinson #23 of the New York Knicks dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 21, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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This is a punch to the gut of the best Knicks team in years.

Center Mitchell Robinson will miss some time — maybe the rest of the season — after fracturing his foot during the teams’ win against the Bucks Saturday, the team announced.

It’s been an injury-filled season for Robinson. He showed promise early in his third season when he suffered a hand fracture in his Feb. 12, which caused him to miss 15 games. He returned March 21, but just a few days later is now out again. He is averaging 8.5 points — on an impressive 65.1% shooting — and 8.4 rebounds a game this season.

Robinson’s injury will mean some more run for Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson, plus possibly more experimentation with Julius Randle at center lineups.

The Knicks had faded in the pursuit of free agent Andre Drummond — who appears headed to the Lakers — but this could inspire one last push to land the former Cavalier big man. It may also be too late. The next best center on the buyout market is Gorgui Dieng.