Knicks ahead Julius Randle appeared to undergo a again harm after taking a tough fall late in his workforce’s 107-90 loss to the Cavaliers. After watching the play, everybody was asking the identical query.
Why was he nonetheless within the recreation?
With the Knicks trailing by 23 factors and roughly two minutes left on the clock, Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau left Randle, together with fellow starters Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett, within the recreation.
“There is no purpose for Brunson and Randle to be on the ground right here,” Reggie Miller mentioned on the TNT broadcast.
This is how the play in query unfolded.
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Julius Randle goes down in fourth quarter vs. Cavaliers
With 2:22 remaining within the fourth quarter, Randle attacked the basket and tried to throw down a transition dunk earlier than colliding with a trailing Jarrett Allen.
Following the contact from Allen, Randle landed awkwardly on his again, writhing in ache on the baseline earlier than finally attending to his ft and strolling off the ground.
Allen was whistled for a Flagrant 1 foul for the play.
THIS RANDLE DUNK 😳
Jarrett Allen was referred to as for a flagrant 1 pic.twitter.com/8Osbh6ayXR
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 19, 2023
What did Tom Thibodeau say about Julius Randle?
Thibodeau spoke to reporters after the sport, however he wasn’t keen on offering a juicy quote.
“It is the playoffs,” Thibodeau mentioned. “So, I am going to check out it. I noticed a fast replay, however earlier than I remark, I wish to see it.”
“Earlier than I remark, I wish to see it.”
Tom Thibodeau was requested about Jarrett Allen’s laborious foul on Julius Randle: pic.twitter.com/BgQPyf0EGA
— Knicks Movies (@sny_knicks) April 19, 2023
With the Knicks trailing by such a big margin, Thibodeau’s choice to depart Randle within the recreation raised loads of eyebrows.
“I really was going to sub Julius out. He needed to remain in for a pair extra possessions simply to search out rhythm,” Thibodeau mentioned.
Tom Thibodeau was requested what the pondering was in having Julius Randle on the ground down 20 late in 4th when Randle went down laborious after a Jarrett Allen foul. Thibodeau mentioned he was going to sub Randle out a couple of possessions earlier however Randle had requested to remain in to get extra rhythm
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 19, 2023
Will Julius Randle play in Recreation 3?
Randle mentioned his again was “fantastic,” per SNY’s Ian Begley, and he confirmed that he needed to remain within the recreation.
Julius Randle mentioned his again is ok. He mentioned he requested to remain within the recreation late within the 4th quarter to get his legs/rhythm after lacking two weeks attributable to ankle harm.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 19, 2023
When requested about Allen’s foul, Randle described it as “a bit of pointless.”
“I perceive, like, playoff basketball. You do not hand over on performs, and I respect that,” Randle mentioned. “I am any person who performs laborious. I respect that, however usually while you make these form of performs, you run throughout their physique, not by means of them.
“But it surely’s fantastic. It is irrelevant. We get to return to [Madison Square] Backyard, and we’ll see them there.”
Randle performed 34 minutes in Recreation 1 and 33 minutes in Recreation 2 after lacking the final 5 video games of the common season with an ankle harm.
When is Recreation Three of Knicks vs. Cavaliers?
The sequence shifts to New York for Video games Three and 4. Recreation Three is on Friday, April 21, and it suggestions off at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
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Knicks vs. Cavaliers schedule, TV channels
Right here is the complete sequence schedule:
|Date||Recreation||Location||Time (ET)/Consequence||TV channel|
|April 15||Recreation 1||Cleveland||Knicks 101, Cavaliers 97||—|
|April 18||Recreation 2||Cleveland||Cavaliers 107, Knicks 90||—|
|April 21||Recreation 3||New York||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|April 23||Recreation 4||New York||1 p.m.||ABC|
|April 26||Recreation 5||Cleveland||TBD||TBD|
|April 28||Recreation 6*||New York||TBD||TBD|
|April 30||Recreation 7*||Cleveland||TBD||TBD|