Knicks star Jalen Brunson suffers apparent left knee injury vs. Cavaliers

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CLEVELAND — New York Knicks star Jalen Brunson suffered an apparent left knee injury while shooting a jumper early in the first quarter Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brunson dribbled from the left wing toward the foul line and hoisted the shot, kicking both legs out to the side awkwardly while he was on the way up. Brunson was clutching his knee even before he landed, and there was no apparent contact by Cavs defender Isaac Okoro to signal an injury. He hopped a few times before falling to the court, and was carried to the locker room with 11:13 left in the first quarter.

The Knicks have not yet released a status update on Brunson, who had not returned to the bench by the start of the second quarter.

This rematch of last year’s first-round playoff series between the Cavs and Knicks had already lost some serious luster, with the Knicks missing Julius Randle, OG Anunoby and Mitchell Robinson — who are rehabbing major injuries — while Cleveland was without Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert.

Brunson, 27, an All-Star for the first time this season, is averaging 27.7 points and 6.7 assists — both career highs.

This story will be updated.

(Photo: Tim Nwachukwu / Getty Images)

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