‘Hopefully, I can hang on to my spot’

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Mitchell Robinson dunks on Andre Drummond

After a four-game preseason in which the Knicks experimented with Nerlens Noel as New York’s starting center, Mitchell Robinson appears to have retained his spot.

Four games into the regular season — including a 95-86 win Tuesday at Cleveland — he has started each contest, totaling 32 points, 31 rebounds and eight blocks while averaging 27 minutes.

“I feel great,” Robinson said. “I’m just going to continue to get better every day. Hopefully, I can hang on to my spot. So, get better.”

Robinson, 22, entered the 2020-21 campaign off a second year in which he flashed his NBA potential once more with 9.7 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game.

While he continues to grow his all-around approach, Robinson keeps the focus on a collective progression.

“I mean, tonight was based on team, teamwork — all the outcome that you put in,” Robinson said. “It’s paying off right now, so we’re going to keep moving forward.”

First-year head coach Tom Thibodeau summed up a gritty mentality for the Knicks (2-2).

“I liked our energy,” Thibodeau said after a nine-point win over the previously unbeaten Cavaliers (3-1). “Our defense is still a work in progress. It’s not where it needs to be. I thought it was a combination of things. I also thought they missed some wide-open ones, too. But I think even when we’re making mistakes, we’re flying around, we’re making the attempt to get out there and challenge shots and it makes a difference. And if you play hard and swarm and you help each other, good things can come from that and you can cover up for mistakes that you might make.

“So overall, I like the way we’re working. I could see a lot of the things that guys are working on in practice carrying over into the games. And so, it’s a long season. There’s a long way to go. Just got to get ready for our next game.”

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