Jalen Brunson fractures left hand, exits Game 7 in second half

Jalen Brunson exited in the third quarter of the Knicks’ Game 7 defeat to the Indiana Pacers and was soon ruled out with a fractured left hand.

After leaving the game with three minutes to play in the quarter with the Knicks down 18, Brunson went back to the locker room briefly before returning to the bench. He then returned to the locker room and was followed by his father, Knicks’ assistant coach Rick.

The elder Brunson returned to the bench for the start of the fourth but without the All-Star guard.

“I thought I just jammed it,” Brunson said after the game. “And [then] I looked down and knew something was wrong.”

Brunson, wearing a black splint on his left hand, said after the game, the injury occurred when he attempted to stop a Tyrese Haliburton layup, and instead struck the Pacers guard’s knee.

Brunson, like the rest of the team, struggled on Sunday. In 29 minutes of play, Brunson had 17 points on 6-for-17 shooting (1-for-3 from behind the arc) with nine assists, but was a minus-9.

Even on a day when OG Anunoby returned to the starting lineup and Josh Hart was able to play despite suffering a strained abdomen on Friday, the Knicks’ bad luck with injuries continued.

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