Julius Randle out vs. Jazz for personal reasons
A part of his report, Begley notes that Randle did not travel with the team. It’s not clear if he will re-join the team for Friday night’s game against the Pelicans.
Knicks say Julius Randle (personal reasons) is not with the team and is out for tonight’s game at Utah.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 8, 2020
Losing Randle for any amount of time is unfortunate for the Knicks, who are currently holding one of the worst records in the NBA at 10-27. The former Kentucky Wildcat has played in 37 games this season, racking up averages of 18.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting from the field (28.6 percent from beyond the arc), 9.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists in 32.1 minutes per outing.
With Randle ruled out for Wednesday’s game, Kevin Knox will likely see an uptick in his usage rate. RJ Barrett, who the Knicks selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, could see an increased workload as well.
In other Knicks injury-related news, Marcus Morris is listed as doubtful for Wednesday night’s game due to a sore neck.
Wednesday night’s Knicks-Jazz game is scheduled to tip inside Vivint Smart Home Arena at 9:00 p.m. ET. New York will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Utah, on the other hand, has won six straight.