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Julius Randle will have dislocated shoulder evaluated in 2-3 weeks, Knicks announce

Randle went down near the end of a blowout win over Miami

The New York Knicks announced on Thursday that Julius Randle will have his dislocated shoulder evaluated in two-to-three weeks.

No more information was provided, although Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau is expected to give more of an update before New York plays the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. Randle is currently rehabbing the shoulder.

New York has gone 2-0 in Randle's absence, with convincing wins over the Charlotte Hornets and Utah Jazz.

In the final four minutes of the Knicks' game against the Miami Heat on Saturday, the Knicks' star forward injured his right shoulder and was forced to exit the contest.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that the injury was actually a dislocated shoulder. On Monday, a source told ESPN that "indications are optimistic that [Randle's] absence will be measured in weeks and not months."

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An X-ray was performed after the Knicks' 125-109 victory over the Heat, and no further damage was visible. The team, however, is awaiting the results of an MRI to get a better idea of the extent of the injury and how much time Randle will miss.

Randle has been a key contributor to New York's 12-2 run since the new year began. In addition to averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game, Randle's name has been in the mix for a potential All-Star nod this year.

"It was an, 'Oh s***' reaction," guard Jalen Brunson said via ESPN. "We don't want to see that from anybody, especially him with how he's been playing. He means a lot to us. So for him to go back there, obviously it's not ideal."

Randle sustained the injury as he drove to the basket and Heat forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. positioned himself to take a charge. Randle laid on the hardwood for several moments grimacing in pain and only got up with the help of his teammates.

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, top, is fouled by Miami Heat guard Jaime Jaquez Jr., center left during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter K. Afriyie)
New York Knicks forward Julius Randle suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Knicks game against the Miami Heat on Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter K. Afriyie) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

What caught his teammates and New York head coach Tom Thibodeau's attention, though, was the fact that Randle didn't allow his teammates to touch his right arm. The team trainer came over to Randle and appeared to try to help the 29-year old pop the shoulder back in, and Randle resigned himself to being unable to shoot his free throws. The 10-year veteran jogged back into the locker room.

"You knew for him to do that [it might be serious]," said Thibodeau, who spoke before the team had a clear sense of how bad the injury was. "He's a guy who plays through things, and that's what you love about him. He's a warrior."