Julius Randle’s rebounding has gone ‘through the roof’ even as Knicks struggle

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Don’t responsibility Julius Randle for immoderate of the Knicks’ caller rebounding issues. He has been a monster connected the solid of late.

This month, helium is averaging 14.5 rebounds per game, and he’s astatine 13.2 dating backmost to Dec. 7, a span of 25 contests.

His play mean of 10.9 is simply a career-high, and is the ninth-highest successful the NBA this year.

“His rebounding has gone done the roof,” manager Tom Thibodeau said. “We request him evidently to proceed to bash that. The past 20 games oregon truthful [have been] really, truly strong.”

Randle brought down 13 boards Tuesday successful the triumph implicit the Cavaliers. Over the past 25 games, helium has registered double-digit rebounds 21 times, and has had astatine slightest 15 connected 10 occasions.

KnicksJulius Randle has been a rebounding instrumentality for the Knicks lately.USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Brunson is excited for the Knicks’ early February roadworthy trip, but not due to the fact that determination are sights helium wants to spot successful Orlando and Philadelphia. During that trip, helium volition person his No. 1 jersey retired by Villanova astatine halftime of its Feb. 8 crippled against DePaul.

“It’s a truly large honor,” said Brunson, who won 2 nationalist championships astatine Villanova. “I didn’t spell to Villanova reasoning I would person my jersey retired. I conscionable went determination to beryllium a portion of thing peculiar and effort to assistance different squad win. The information that I get this opportunity, it’s truly special.

“It means a batch to my family, it means a batch to the teammates I had. Without them, this wouldn’t beryllium possible. It’s a recognition to each the teammates I had.”


There is an extracurricular changeable that LeBron James volition surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arsenic the all-time starring scorer successful NBA past erstwhile the Lakers sojourn the Garden this coming Tuesday, but it would instrumentality an unthinkable scoring binge for him to get there.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to walk  against the Portland Trail Blazers during the archetypal  fractional  astatine  Moda Center connected  January 22, 2023 successful  Portland, Oregon. LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to walk against the Portland Trail Blazers during the archetypal fractional astatine Moda Center connected January 22, 2023 successful Portland, Oregon.Getty Images

He would request to mean 44.5 points implicit the adjacent 4 games to acceptable the grounds astatine MSG. He is presently 178 points shy of Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387. James is averaging 35 points per crippled this period and is coming disconnected a 46-point effort successful a nonaccomplishment to the Clippers connected Tuesday night.


Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics and Grant Williams #12 look   connected  during a escaped  propulsion  during the 2nd  fractional  of the crippled  astatine  Miami-Dade Arena connected  January 24, 2023 successful  Miami, Florida.Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics and Grant Williams #12 look connected during a escaped propulsion during the 2nd fractional of the crippled astatine Miami-Dade Arena connected January 24, 2023 successful Miami, Florida.Getty Images

The Knicks caught a interruption Tuesday night, according to the NBA. In the league’s Last Two Minute Report, a foul should’ve been called on Isaiah Hartenstein connected Cavaliers defender Donovan Mitchell’s thrust to the rim successful the last seconds. The Knicks won by two. The NBA besides ruled that the officials missed a foul connected RJ Barrett against Mitchell with nether a infinitesimal left.

The Celtics volition beryllium without defender Marcus Smart (ankle) connected Thursday. Evan Fournier (personal) volition stay retired for the Knicks.