This was extra just like the Obi Toppin the Knicks thought they had been getting.

The lottery choose remains to be working his means again after struggling a strained calf within the season opener, with Sunday marking simply his fourth NBA recreation. However Toppin supplied a glimpse of what is perhaps to come back, recording a career-high 12 factors and 5 rebounds off the bench within the Knicks’ 105-75 win over the Celtics at TD Backyard.

“No matter coach wants me to do, I’m keen to do,” Toppin stated. “No matter’s going to assist the staff win, I’m keen to do. And I’m going to proceed studying and getting higher each single day. We now have nice teammates and nice coaches round myself which are going to push me each single day to be nice. And I’m wanting ahead to that day, for me to be nice.”

Toppin shot 5 of 8 from the sector and a pair of of 4 from past the arc in 17 minutes, essentially the most he has performed for the reason that first recreation of the season. He stated his conditioning is “fairly good,” after lacking 10 video games.

“He’s performed a very good job getting himself able to play once more,” coach Tom Thibodeau stated. “In every outing he’s been higher and higher. And his protection is admittedly approaching. He’s a very gifted offensive participant.”

Obi Toppin
Obi Toppin
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Toppin confirmed a powerful reference to fellow rookie Immanuel Quickley, with the purpose guard feeding him on 4 of his 5 subject objectives, together with an alley-oop.

Mitchell Robinson, who suffered a contused proper heel Friday in opposition to the Cavaliers, received banged up once more within the first quarter Sunday when he took a tough fall after blocking a 3-pointer. He stated his knee received the worst of it, which confirmed as he appeared to nonetheless be shifting gingerly when he returned within the second quarter.

“It’s all proper up to now,” Robinson stated. “Simply proceed to get remedy on it and see if I can play via it.”

The Knicks are set to play the second half of a back-to-back Monday in opposition to the Magic on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a significant recreation for Reggie Bullock.

“Utilizing my platform, I’ve to convey consciousness to lots of social points occurring all through America,” Bullock stated. “I feel it’s huge for us enjoying that day. I’m very proud to be doing it, to be enjoying with my staff and competing. The Knicks are an enormous franchise. It’s nice for us to make use of our platform and play for an ideal group.”We play on MLK Day to proceed to convey consciousness to all of the social points occurring in America proper now.” We play on MLK Day to proceed to convey consciousness to all of the social points occurring in America proper now.”

Thibodeau left the door open for Alec Burks (sprained left ankle) to probably return Monday after having a “good day” working towards on Saturday.

— Extra reporting by Marc Berman

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