Major Reasons Why Julius Randle’s Return is Key for the Knicks…

The Knicks have posted a 15-11 record during Julius Randle’s absence due to a shoulder injury, emphasizing the importance of his return for New York’s playoff aspirations.

Randle separated his shoulder against Miami when Jaime Jaquez Jr. attempted a charge and Randle fell over him.The latest from Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau suggests Randle’s rehab has stalled somewhat.

Thibodeau said Randle is “feeling better” and “ramped it up some”, but still hasn’t been cleared for contact.His presence on the court will be very much needed when New York take on the top teams in the playoffs.Obviously Jalen Brunson is balling out this season. But when he is unavailable on offense, Randle is the only other teammate of his that can serve as the main playmaker.When offense breaks down in the postseason, you need a player who can put his head down and get to the rim for either a bucket or a trip to the three throw line. After parting ways with RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley, that leaves Brunson and Randle as the only two Knicks who fit the bill,” CBS’ Colin Ward-Henninger points out.We’re always going to prioritize the team. So whatever contributions they can make to help the team, that’s where we’ll go.

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