Julius Randle went via a prolonged pregame exercise earlier than he was dominated out of Recreation 1 on Sunday.

At the least that’s progress after he didn’t do a lot in observe the earlier two days.

The Knicks’ main scorer and rebounder, coping with an aggravated sprained left ankle, was sorely missed because the Knicks fell to the Warmth, 108-101, on the Backyard within the opener of the Japanese Convention semifinals.

His standing for Recreation 2 and past is unclear.

“I don’t understand how shut [he was to playing],” coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned after the loss. “I do know he labored out earlier than. I simply belief him and the medical workers to make that call. So plan each methods: a plan with him going and a plan if he didn’t go. So, as soon as they decide, that’s it. You reside with it and also you gotta determine it out. Now we have greater than sufficient.”

They didn’t towards the Warmth. In 4 common season video games towards Miami, Randle averaged 21 factors, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists, whereas capturing 41.4 % from 3-point vary.

“Anytime [someone is out], particularly an All-Star, we’re gonna miss him,” RJ Barrett mentioned. “However what occurs in basketball is, you’ve got [other guys step up]. … So subsequent man up mentality and we’ve got to get higher.”

Quentin Grimes returned for the Knicks on Sunday, after lacking the 2 remaining video games of the Cavaliers sequence with a proper shoulder contusion.
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Quentin Grimes returned after lacking the final two video games of the sequence towards the Cavaliers with a proper shoulder contusion. Grimes got here off the bench and scored 4 factors in 10 minutes.

“I don’t suppose I misplaced something. My legs might nonetheless work, so I used to be nonetheless doing my conditioning and stuff like that,” he mentioned. “So I’m all good proper now.”

Thibodeau solely went eight-deep with Randle out.

The Warmth tried 9 extra free throws than the Knicks (29-20) and Thibodeau felt his workforce received the brief finish on a few of the whistles.

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“Looks like there was a number of contact we didn’t get,” he mentioned.

Patrick Ewing, Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning have been among the many celebrities in attendance on the Backyard.

So was Aaron Rodgers, the brand new Jets quarterback, who additionally attended the Rangers’ Recreation 6 victory Saturday night time.

RJ Barrett tries to include Jimmy Butler in Recreation 1 of their second-round playoff sequence on Sunday. Butler completed with 25 factors because the Warmth gained.

Quick Break

Hero: Jimmy Butler led the victorious Warmth with 25 factors and 11 rebounds and remained within the sport after turning his ankle within the fourth quarter, going 8-for-16 from the ground and a game-high 9-for-11 from the free-throw line.

Zero: Jalen Brunson completed with 25 factors however he put the onus on himself after lacking all seven 3-point makes an attempt and committing a game-high 5 turnovers.

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Unsung Heroes: Warmth veterans Kyle Lowry and Kevin Love mixed for 27 factors, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and have been a mixed 5-for-11 from 3-point vary.

Key Stat: 8-for-17

How Miami shot from 3-point vary (.471) after opening the sport 5-for-21 (.238) from past the arc via early within the second quarter.

Quote: “They completed the second quarter sturdy, in key moments the place we would have liked to complete sturdy, be sturdy, [we didn’t]. That begins with me. At present I used to be horrific. It’s very uncharacteristic by me. This one’s on me. I received to be higher, and I will probably be higher.” — Jalen Brunson

— Peter Botte