Knicks Dealt Massive Blow After Latest Julius Randle Injury Update

The Knicks playoff hopes just took a massive hit as Julius Randle is ruled out for the year

Jan 27, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) is helped up by
Jan 27, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) is helped up by / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have been dealt a massive blow as the playoffs approach with power forward Julius Randle undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

The injury was sustained in a January 27th game against the Miami Heat where Randle braced himself in an awkward fall causing the injury.

On the season Julius Randle was averaging 24 points per game with 9.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists. The injury provides a massive blow to the Knicks as when healthy they appeared to be a contender in the Eastern Conference.

The loss of Julius Randle turns all eyes onto OG Anunoby, whose status for the playoffs is questionable. Anunoby underwent surgery on his elbow and recently returned, however, it appears that the issues with bone fragments in his elbow are still persisting.

The Knicks, when fully healthy, looked like a contender, going 15-2 while Anunoby was in the lineup. If the Knicks are also without Anunoby for the postseason, the team will be severely undermanned, nearly killing any chance at the NBA Finals.

In the absence of Anunoby and Randle we've seen several players step up in replacing the duo. Deuce McBride, Donte DiVincenzo, and Precious Achiuwa have been excellent for the Knicks keeping the team afloat.

All eyes on Jalen Brunson

The loss of Randle puts everyone's attention on All-Star point guard Jalen Brunson. The play of Brunson in the absence of Anunoby and Randle has been incredible, Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors in March.

The playoffs, however, will be a different beast as the Knicks will only go as far as Brunson can carry them. He has been incredible thus far but, if the Knicks want to make a deep run, he'll need to step his game up another level.

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