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Surgery Scare For Julius Randle Injury Overshadows OG Anunoby Good News Amid Knicks’ Highly Promising Season

Published 02/24/2024, 8:37 PM EST

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Stephen A. Smith backs the NY Knicks to reach the NBA Finals. Ahead of the MSG clash between the Knicks and Boston Celtics, the ESPN crew went on air to debate the Big Apple team’s shot at the ring. The veteran analyst highlighted that if the team’s roster is back to its full strength, then it could reach the championship game. He added, “If the New York Knicks come back healthy, they’re going to the Conference Finals.” 

Notably, two star players of the Knicks, Julius Randle and OG Anunoby, are out with injuries. During the debate, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped updates on both the stars. While OG has been cleared to return to the court, Randle seems to be in a bit of trouble. He added, “Concern this season about not just getting him back, but how effective can he be playing w/ that injured right shoulder.”

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Even though Wojnarowski updated that Anunoby would return to the court, it’s not anytime soon. Right around the trade deadline period, the franchise announced that the star forward underwent elbow surgery to remove loose bone fragments. And the management also announced that he will be out for the next three weeks.

On the other hand, Julius Randle is currently recovering from a shoulder injury. The 29-year-old recently met the press and joked about his return. He said, “I think I’m planning on being back on the court April 1st, probably… Nah, I’m just kidding.” But he sure did assure that he has been working on his return.

Until then, the Knicks’ chance at the ring seems doubtful. However, tonight’s clash between the Celts and short-handed Knicks will prove the team’s potential.

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Speaking of that, A. Smith said, “The objective is to avoid Boston Celtics… If Julius Randle comes back healthy, if Mitchell Robinson comes back healthy, that’s my concern. It’s not anybody outside of Boston… It’s the New York Knicks’ health.” 

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Who do you think will win tonight’s MSG classic? Will the Knicks sail their way out with a short-handed roster or succumb to the Celtics’ force? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Shahul Hameed is a Senior NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Master's Degree in journalism from a distinguished institute, his journey into sports writing began during his college days, and since then, Shahul has been captivated not only by the remarkable consistency of Stephen Curry but also by the enduring legacy of LeBron James. He specializes in covering the live basketball action.
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