Knicks All-Star Julius Randle suffers ‘dislocated shoulder’ in frightening fall during win over Heat as New York coach Tom Thibodeau says he’s ‘very’ concerned about the forward’s injury
- ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the shoulder is dislocated
- The good news is that an X-ray showed no structural damage
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New York Knicks fans are reeling after All-Star power forward Julius Randle dislocated a shoulder in a scary collision on the court during Saturday’s 125-109 win over the visiting Miami Heat.
When asked if he was concerned about the injury, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau simply said, ‘A lot.’
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the shoulder is dislocated, although MRI tests will be performed to determine the extent of the damage. The good news, according to Wojnarowski, is that an X-ray showed no structural damage.
After scoring 19 points over the first 44 minutes of play, Randle beat Heat rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. collided while driving to the hoop late in the fourth quarter. The former Kentucky star landed hard on his right shoulder and immediately left the court after being helped to his feet.
The injury is significant for a Knicks team that has won six straight. New York is currently in fourth place in the East and has started to look like a contender since the trade acquisition of defensive chump OG Anunoby from Toronto.
Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks reacts after an injury against the Miami Heat
Jalen Brunson had 32 points and eight assists in the win for New York as Miami suffered its sixth straight loss.
Brunson helped the Knicks break it open for good with a 13-3 spurt to open the fourth quarter and then sent the Heat into a timeout as a sellout crowd roared with his 3-pointer midway through the period made it 112-96.
Anunoby also had 19 points for the Knicks, who improved to 12-2 this month after making his first start on New Year’s Day.
Jimmy Butler scored 28 points for the Heat, who got Jaquez back from a six-game absence with a groin injury but were outscored 36-23 in the fourth quarter. Duncan Robinson had 19 points and Tyler Herro finished with 18.
Kevin Love was also back from an illness, finally giving the Heat their full roster of players. Coach Erik Spoelstra said it is just as important for the Heat to return to the way they normally compete. They certainly fell short of their standard on Thursday when they were blown out by Boston 143-110 on their home floor.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Julius Randle’s shoulder was dislocated in the fall
The Heat looked a lot more like themselves, but after Butler rallied from a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter to tie the game, the game quickly got away as he was benched to start the fourth start.
Brunson had two baskets in New York’s run to open the fourth and finished 12 for 22 from the field, making four 3-pointers.
The Knicks led 82-69 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, but Butler scored nine points and Robinson made two 3-pointers in a 17-4 run that tied it at 86 with 13 seconds left. Randle made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Knicks the lead heading into the fourth.
Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein returned after missing two games with a left Achilles tendon injury and had four points and six rebounds.