New York Knicks All-Star forward Julius Randle will be out of action for at least two weeks due to a sprained left ankle, the team announced on Thursday. The 28-year-old veteran sustained the injury in Wednesday’s 101-92 victory over the Miami Heat.
Randle, who initially joined the Knicks as a free agent in 2019, is averaging 25.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists for fifth-place New York. Behind Randle’s emergence, the Knicks snapped a seven-season playoff drought in 2021 before losing to Atlanta in the first round. After both Randle and New York took a step back and missed the postseason in 2022, the Knicks are on course to return to playoff action, likely as the fifth seed barring a considerable swing of outcomes over the final five games of the season.
Earlier this season, Randle joined Carmelo Anthony and Allan Houston as the only Knicks to make multiple All-Star games this century.