Monday, April 21
April 21, 3:57 PM ET
MRI reveals torn cartilage in Robinson's knee
SAN ANTONIO -- David Robinson had an MRI that revealed torn
knee cartilage, forcing him to miss Game 2 of the Spurs-Suns
playoff series Monday night.
He is listed as day to day, but the 7-footer expects to play
Friday night in Game 3 in Phoenix.
The San Antonio center tore cartilage late in regulation of
Saturday's playoff opener, which the Suns won 96-95 in overtime.
Robinson was hurt when he drew a charge on point guard Stephon
"I fell back on my knee a little bit and tweaked it,'' Robinson
said at Monday's shootaround. He did not practice, and had his left
knee tightly wrapped.
San Antonio also will be without backup center Kevin Willis, who
was suspended for one game by the league for his flagrant foul on
Willis, going for a defensive rebound, leveled Williams with an
elbow to the throat just before halftime. He was immediately
ejected, and on Sunday NBA vice president Stu Jackson suspended
With Robinson and Willis on the sideline, 6-foot-7 forward Malik
Rose most likely will start and play most of their minutes. Rose
started most of the 18 games that Robinson missed during the
regular season because of lower back and right knee injuries.
Robinson is confident his teammates will rise to the moment.
"The guys don't get their heads down and they keep playing, and
that's what will happen,'' he said.