Knicks Julius Randle out for Game 1 vs. Miami Heat

UPDATE: The Knicks have made it official, Julius Randle is out for Game 1 vs. Miami. Obi Toppin will start in his place.


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Officially, according to Tom Thibodeau, Knicks forward Julius Rankle will be a game-time decision with his sprained ankle.

However, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports Randle is likely out (which means he’s out).

This isn’t a huge surprise after Thibodeau said on Saturday that Randle had not gone through a full practice and had done some shooting, lifting, and pool cardio. He didn’t sound close to playing.


It’s a blow for the Knicks and creates an opportunity and pressure on the Heat to steal a game in Madison Square Garden when New York is not at first strength. In what looks on paper to be an even series, this is an advantage the Heat might regret squandering.

Randle struggled in the first round against the Cavaliers, averaging 14.4 points a game on 33.8% shooting (and a dreadful 45.9 true shooting percentage). To get past the Heat, the Knicks will need something closer to All-Star Randle.

Quentin Grimes is also a game-time decision for the Knicks.

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