Julius Randle's shoulder injury raises questions for Knicks amid win streak

The New York Knicks continued their winning ways with an impressive win over the Miami Heat however, injury to Julius Randle has raised some questions.

Jan 23, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) reacts during the
Jan 23, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) reacts during the / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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On Saturday night, the New York Knicks extended their win streak to six games with an impressive win over the Miami Heat. The Knicks were dominant in the fourth quarter outscoring the Heat 36-23. In a rematch of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Knicks showed how much they've grown since last season as OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa showed how big of additions they've been.

Jalen Brunson led the way for the Knicks scoring 32 points with eight assists further proving that he should've been named the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference. OG Anunoby has completely transformed the Knicks defensively while also contributing on the offensive end with 19 points, two steals, and an assist.

Julius Randle added 19 points of his own, with nine rebounds, and three assists. However, the end of the game provided a scary sight for Randle and the Knicks.

Randle went down on a drive late in the fourth quarter coming up holding his shoulder after taking a hard fall. Randle would miss the remainder of the game. After the contest, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the injury is a dislocated right shoulder with the X-ray showing little damage. The New York Knicks will await MRI results before the full extent of the injury is known.

The New York Knicks now look like one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference after the trade for Anunoby. Since the trade with the Raptors, the Knicks have beaten NBA Finals contenders in the Heat, Nuggets, 76ers and Timberwolves.

Monday night's matchup against the Charlotte Hornets will bring little attention except for whether or not the New York Knicks have Julius Randle available for the game. With the Knicks already shorthanded at the forward position with injuries to Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein, we'll likely see an increased role for Jericho Sims and Precious Achiuwa.

New York Knicks: What will Leon Rose do at the Trade Deadline?

The biggest question surrounding the New York Knicks over the next two weeks will be the upcoming trade deadline. After making thedealtrade for Anunoby it's possible that Leon Rose and company decide to stand pat as the team has shown they're a contender as currently built.

The injury to Randle could push the front office to make a move for a big man as Hartenstein has also dealt with injury and Mitchell Robinson is sidelined long-term. Another area where the Knicks may be active is in the buy-out market to acquire a low-cost piece. A player like Kyle Lowry may be an option for the Knicks if the Hornets buy him out.

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