of New York Knicks In the first round of the playoffs Cleveland CavaliersBut they’re doing it without All-Star Julius Randle.
Randle, who has been dealing with an ankle sprain since late March, has missed the last five games for the Knicks and will likely miss the start of their playoff series against Cleveland.
on wednesday, SNY’s Ian Begley Randle reports that he hasn’t practiced at all, but the star has noticed that he’s been able to do light workouts.
“He did some [work in practice]. Making constant progress. We’re taking it day by day,” head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters recently. “He’s running, shooting, writing scripts, stuff like that… so when he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. But constant growth. Every day is a little better.”
Without Julius Randle, Jaylen Brunson helped the Knicks close out the regular season and put third-year forward Obi Topi in the starting rotation.
In the team’s last five regular season games, Toppin is averaging 21.8 points per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three-point range.
Whether or not Toppin figures to be a part of the Knicks’ playoff run is yet to be seen, but he could start if Randle can’t go.
As of now, Randle is unlikely to get on the floor for Game 1 on Saturday against the Cavaliers. However, depending on how he develops in practice over the next few days, he could be ready to return as soon as Tuesday, April 18 for Game 2.
New York didn’t sit out Julius Randle in Game 1 on Saturday; Nor did they say it was available.
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