- Julius Randle suffered an ankle injury in the win against Miami
- The team will reevaluate Randle’s sprained ankle in two weeks
- He is racing against time to be fit for the first round of the playoffs
Julius Randle will be reevaluated in a couple of weeks after the New York Knicks All-Star forward suffered a sprained left ankle in Wednesday night's victory over the Miami Heat.
The injury is a massive blow for the Knicks, as that effectively rules Randle out for the remainder of the regular season.
A more pressing concern for New York is that the NBA playoffs will start in just a few weeks.
Randle sprains ankle against Miami
The 28-year-old sprained his ankle late in the second quarter of the Knicks’ 101-92 win over the Heat, per ESPN.
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He rolled his ankle when landing on Bam Adebayo‘s foot after jumping for a rebound.
That victory helped New York move closer to clinching a second playoff spot in three seasons.
The Knicks dropped their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to two games. They also clinched the tiebreaker with Miami by virtue of them winning the season series against the Heat.
Knicks target guaranteed playoff spot
Randle is expected to be evaluated just a couple of days before the start of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
New York is 2.5 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for fifth place in the East. More importantly, the Knicks are four games ahead of the seventh-place Heat.
Only the top six teams in each conference are guaranteed spots in this year’s playoffs.
Randle has been a vital cog for the Knicks this season. He is averaging a double-double this campaign (25.1 points and 10 rebounds per game).
Randle scores 57 vs. Wolves
Sports Brief recently reported on Randle’s scoring explosion against Minnesota.
He scored a career-high 57 points in the game against the Wolves on March 20.
That was the first 50-point outing by a Knicks player since Carmelo Anthony's 62.