Julius Randle is an All-Star. Also, the Knicks won 123-112. After tonight’s game, there should be no doubt to anybody. After the hot first quarter for the Knicks. this turned out to be one of the best team wins this season. From start to finish this was one of the best performances from New York. Here’s how it all happened.
Red Hot Shooters
After a thirty-nine point first quarter, you could tell this was going to be one of those games. Julius Randle was able to shoot a very efficient 14-22 and 7-13 from beyond the arch. Randle hit a deep three towards the end, in the shot that proved to be the dagger. Randle’s best game of the year was only the cherry on top. Everybody was connecting. The Knicks shot over 50 percent from the field and three. RJ Barrett was another Knicks who was over fifty percent from the field. Barrett’s 21 points were his most since January 31st. This shouldn’t be a surprise though, Monday is his second-best scoring day. Nobody tried to force anybody, and the open shots were hit often.
Tom Thibodeau’s swarming defense was in full effect tonight. The Hawks were held to a 42.9 shooting percentage and never seemed comfortable. The Knicks had six blocks and were able to force ten turnovers. New York did the best they could to neutralize Trae Young. Young shot at a 6-19 clip, and 25 percent from three. Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish shot a combined 6-24 and clanked a lot of three-pointers. The Knicks were able to play ahead most of the game, and never looked intimated by the young Atlanta Hawks.
When Immanuel Quickley, Derrick Rose, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and now Nerlens Noel play together, that’s my favorite rotation. I’d like for this to be the starting five, but Thibs’ current starting lineup is working well. Knicks take a quick day trip to Orlando Wednesday, in another game they should win. Once again, Julius Randle has to be an All-Star.