New York Knicks forward Julius Randle may not be ready to play in the start of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Miami Heat due to a sprained left ankle. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful that Randle will be fit to play in Game 1, but he didn’t participate fully during the recent practice. Randle originally suffered the injury during a win over the Heat on March 29 and missed the remainder of the regular season. He returned for Game 1 of the Knicks’ first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers but largely struggled to find any rhythm. Randle was benched for the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ Game 4 win over the Cavs last Sunday after scoring 13 points, dishing out 6 assists and grabbing four rebounds in 16 minutes.
Grimes, a Knicks swingman, is expected to be back on the floor for Game 1 on Sunday after missing a week because of a shoulder contusion during Game 3 against the Cavs. The Knicks coach Thibodeau is looking forward to seeing the team face off against the Heat, in the rematch of the Knicks-Heat rivalry during the early 2000s when he was part of the Jeff Van Gundy’s Knicks staff.
New York Knicks is still unsure whether Randle will be available for the start of the Eastern Conference semi-finals series against the Miami Heat on Sunday. The Knicks are hopeful that Randle will be ready for the first game, but he did not participate fully in practice due to the sprained left ankle. Randle suffered the injury in a game against the Heat in March and didn’t participate in the rest of the regular season. Grimes is expected to return to the Knicks in the next match as he recovered from the shoulder contusion he picked up during Game 3 against the Cavs. The Knicks Coach Thibodeau is excited to return to the rivalry against the Heat, where he was part of the Knicks staff.