New York Knicks that need to step up in Game 2: Julius Randle
Julius Randle, who was recently awarded the Most Improved Player award by the NBA, had one of the worst games of his Knicks career in Game 1. He grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds but shot 6-23 for 15 points and went to the line only once.
While he flat-out missed a lot of the shots he normally makes, he’s going to have to score in bunches to keep the regularly low-scoring Knicks afloat. The Knicks had a horrendous first-quarter scoring, many chalked that up to the nerves of playing in Madison Square Garden in their first playoff game.
Randle will have to turn into the player that averaged 37 points per game in three games against Atlanta in the regular season. Atlanta does not have a player that can fully contain Randle. He will have to come out with a gem of a game in order for the Knicks to secure victory.