World news – Mitchell Robinson’s improved discipline powers Knick’s run


Mitchell Robinson worked to stay away from nasty problems by working on his technique.

And then there’s the other factor that helped make the 7-foot center the Knicks avoids whistling.

« It’s actually like nobody wants to be yelled at by the coaches, so I just tried to keep that up as best I could, » said Robinson with a chuckle. « I’ve been working on it. »

After the Knicks had few big men in their 113-108 win over the Hawks on Monday after Nerlens Noel had a late scratch with a sprained ankle, Robinson couldn’t have any more problems and with eight points, seven rebounds, four steals, two blocks and only three fouls.

Robinson dirtied less this season, although he needed more minutes as a starter. Last season he had an average of 3.2 fouls in 23.1 minutes per game, fouled seven times and eight more five fouls. He faced Jazz on Wednesday averaging 3.1 fouls in 27.9 minutes per game, which has helped him stay on the ground while playing a key role in the Knicks, who have won four of their last five games to have. The 22-year-old’s defense has been strong, while coach Tom Thibodeau recently said Robinson’s offensive « comes ».

After a tough four-game road trip, the Knicks will get some healthy bodies back upon their return to the garden. Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (battered left quad) and striker Omari Spellman (sore right knee) are classified as likely for Wednesday’s game against Jazz. Smith has only played one game this season while Spellman has yet to make his Knicks debut.

Alec Burks (sprained left ankle), who missed the four game road trip, is questionable as Noel (sprained left Ankle). Frank Ntilikina (sprained right knee) and rookie Obi Toppin (strained right calf) stay outside.

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