Finally back in New York after ten days spent in the West, the Knicks concluded their “road-trip” with a sad record of 1-4, including a terrible “finish” in Portland, which keeps them further than ever from a qualification for the “play-in”. However, Julius Randle is not discouraged. Overall in difficulty this season, the strong winger has indeed found colors during these trips (29.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists), and he judges that the negative balance of the Knicks on these five matches is not representative of the game level displayed.
” Frankly, I come away encouraged, because it was a complicated ‘road-trip’” explains the 2021 All-Star. ” We played against very good teams during this trip. We were in the game for four of those five games, with a chance to win each time. So it’s encouraging from that point of view. But it’s also disappointing to finish at 1-4, we could easily have been 4-1.“
Hard to fault him. Because apart from the huge slap received on the floor of Denver (in “back-to-back”), the Knicks were indeed in good shape at the end of the match during the three other defeats, against the Lakers (-7), Jazz (-9), and of course to the Blazers (-9). Enough to feed regrets, while the Knicks present a record of 25 wins for 32 defeats a few days before the break of the “All-Star Weekend”.
The strong winger knows that the return of this “break” will be decisive if the Knicks want to snatch a ticket for the “play-in”.
” I’m brushing it all off and focusing on these last two games, and how I can help my team finish strong before the break. I hope we’ll come back fresher after this break he delivered, as the Knicks actually prepare to complete the first part of their season at home, against the Thunder and then the Nets.