Latest Knicks intel seemingly confirms major flaw of key player as playoffs loom

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With the NBA playoffs right around the corner, the New York Knicks are still trying to get their best players healthy. All-star power forward Julius Randle and starting center Mitchell Robinson are both still working their way back from extended absences, as is OG Anunoby.

Anunoby, who is one of the best two-way wings in the NBA, has only played three games since the all-star break and there is no timetable for his return after being shut down again. He could still return this season and is progressing, according to Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.

Still, his lengthy recovery is notable considering a recent report in which it was alleged that he wasn't keen on playing injured. That undoubtedly cost him more games, as did the Toronto Raptors.

Is OG Anunoby's rumored injury issue a red flag going forward for the New York Knicks?

Anunoby's rumored discomfort from playing through injuries might concern Knicks fans, especially with him set to get paid this summer. That is understandable but not exactly fair. Most people aren't productive working sick, let alone injured so it's hard to hold it against a player who might prefer to wait until he is 100% before getting back on the floor.

That probably won't mean that Anunoby will be an NBA Ironman but he is still one of the best players in his position and could easily earn a $100 million contract this summer. That is pricey, to be sure, but if he is healthy come playoff time, then he could prove that he is worth every penny.

Overall, the Knicks are banged up as the NBA playoffs loom. Anunoby, as well as Randle and Mitchell, are all sidelined but if they all get healthy at the right time, then the Knicks could make major noise in the postseason.