Julius Randle enters protocols

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Tim Bontemps: The Knicks say Julius Randle has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Source: Twitter @TimBontemps

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Julius Randle out for Covid-19 protocols. Will miss his first game tomorrow. – 1:00 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Julius Randle has gone into NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Knicks say – 12:57 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Julius Randle has entered health and safety protocols, Knicks say – 12:55 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Knicks announce Julius Randle (health and safety protocols) is out for tomorrow’s game at Oklahoma City. – 12:51 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Knicks forward Julius Randle has entered health and safety protocols, team says. He is out for tomorrow’s game at Oklahoma City. – 12:51 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Knicks say Julius Randle has entered the league’s health and safety protocols. – 12:51 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Knicks say Julius Randle has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. – 12:51 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Knicks star Julius Randle has entered health and safety protocols, per the team. – 12:51 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Knicks‘ Julius Randle has entered health and safety protocols. – 12:51 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
what did you guys do to Julius Randle? pic.twitter.com/UzDO0c6KV69:23 AM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Alec Burks bails out Julius Randle as #Knicks avoid Motown calamity after Minnie plane trouble #NBA #Pistons nypost.com/2021/12/29/kni…11:46 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Julius Randle should take a small portion of that nine-figure contract extension and purchase a gift for the bench. The rest of the starters should chip in.
Maybe attach a “Thank You” card.
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…11:08 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Randle has shot 7-for-31 over the last two games and looked like something is wrong on both ends – Thibodeau said he’s been nicked up, but didn’t elaborate. Randle was not made available after the game. – 10:26 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Tom Thibodeau, after Julius Randle’s 5-point, minus-27, said Randle is “nicked up.” Randle was not made available to the media after the game. – 10:22 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Thibodeau said of Randle: He’s nicked up. I think that he’s giving us everything he has. That’s what I love about him. He’s not making any excuses. He just gets out there, he keeps going. – 10:04 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
When asked if Julius Randle is playing thru an injury, Thibs says Randle is “nicked up” but is giving the team “everything he has.” – 9:47 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
RJ Barrett was minus-29 and Julius Randle was minus-27 tonight.
Those are the worst plus-minuses by any Knicks player in a victory since John Starks was minus-27 in a win over the Clippers on Dec. 7, 1996. – 9:46 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Tom Thibodeau confirmed Julius Randle is “nicked up” as I suspected. – 9:41 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The worst +/- on the Knicks this season:
-137 — Julius Randle
-109 — Kemba Walker
-95 — RJ Barrett
-95 — Evan Fournier
-52 — Mitchell Robinson
All starters. pic.twitter.com/HPn7KJ242a9:30 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
The Knicks beat the Pistons tonight 94-85 with everybody in their starting unit being a minus-17 or worse. Julius Randle was a minus-27 and RJ Barrett was a minus-29. Everybody on New York’s bench was a plus-27 or better. Miles McBride was a plus-39. That’s insane to me. – 9:27 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Final. Knicks 94, Pistons 85.
Knicks improve to 17-18, and now have sole possession of ninth in the East.
• Burks 34-4-2 (19 in 4th)
• Quickley 18 pts
• Barrett 15 & 7
• Randle 5-10-5, 2-11 FGs
Knicks win the fourth quarter 30-14. They’ve won three in a row. – 9:26 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
As a punishment, Julius Randle should be forced to watch a replay of this game sitting next to Taj Gibson – 9:11 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Plus-minus ain’t everything but…Julius Randle is a -27 in a five point game. – 8:51 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through three quarters, Pistons lead the Knicks 71-64.
• Barrett 15 & 7
• Burks 15 pts
• Randle 5-10-5, 2-11 FGs
• Bey 24-7-3
• Diallo 26-10-4
Pistons won the third quarter 30-16. Knicks are shooting 34% from the field, 3-for-22 from deep. – 8:50 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Wrote this about Julius Randle after last season’s playoff loss to the Hawks
https://t.co/BdZzBgY1oY pic.twitter.com/bYM0BUEitT8:33 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Julius Randle last season earned a lot of apologies from his critics. This year, he’s giving them reason to take it all back. – 8:28 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Randle with four turnovers now – 2 field goals. 1 assist. – 8:27 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Julius Randle hasn’t said anything about an injury. But he’s not moving well. And hasn’t been for a few games. – 8:21 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
me still trying to withhold my julius randle takes pic.twitter.com/M9GHNm25UU8:18 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through one quarter, the Knicks lead the Pistons 23-20.
• Barrett 7 & 3
• Qucikley 7 pts
• Randle 2-5-2
• Bey 8 & 3 – 7:34 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Randle with a follow dunk after missing his first four shots. – 7:26 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Looks like the same starters for #Pistons tonight vs. #Knicks: Walton, F. Jackson, Diallo, Bey and Garza.
NYK starters: Walker, Fournier, Barrett, Randle and Robinson. #DFS6:40 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
I asked Thibs pregame about Obi Toppin playing 10:30 despite efficiency (3 of 3, 3 assists) & Randle struggling. “Obi’s played really well for us. He’s a big part of our 2nd unit. It’s also what’s going on in the game, what the matchups are. And Obi is working back from Covid.” – 6:11 PM

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