CLEVELAND: As the New York Knicks crept closer to Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they did so believing that Julius Randle would find a way to play.
After spraining his left ankle March 29 against the Miami Heat, there was some question as to whether the All Star forward would be ready for the start of the series. But anyone who watched him in recent days and knew the type of determination he displayed night in and night out throughout the season never doubted what would happen Saturday night.
The fact that Randle scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists in almost 34 minutes and helped carry the tough-minded group to a 101-97 Game 1 win was less of a surprise and more of a premonition for those that knew him best. Read More