Julius Randle comes alive in W over Cavs 109-91
Going into the game against Cleveland, New York wanted to get Julius Randle going early on. He has not had that impact type of game as of yet and has forced so many shots instead of playing his game. There has been a groaning from fans about his play, ranging from last season with him taking unnecessary shots from behind the arc instead of bullying people in the paint. It is very early in the season, but Randle's name has been in trade conversation as of late.
Randle started off really slow but picked it up late in the first half. Instead of staying in the corner, he was more assertive with going straight to the paint and making it difficult for the smaller defender in the Cavs. Outside of Randle, RJ Barrett was lightning it up and had 13 points in the half. You would think that New York would blow the Cavs out the arena, because they had a few key players not playing, but Donovan (spider) Mitchell was very poisonous as he kept the Cavs within striking distance.
Just when the Cavs cut the lead to 13 early in the fourth, the Knicks went on a 10-2 run to run the score back up to a 20+ lead. All of this was accounted for five players that scored in double figures and the Beast in Randle was hungry as he finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.