Knicks' Julius Randle Won't Play vs. Bucks Because of Thigh Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2021

New York Knicks' Julius Randle in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 109-104. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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New York Knicks big man Julius Randle will miss at least one game because of injury. 

The Knicks announced Randle won't be available for Saturday's matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks because of a right thigh contusion. 

The 26-year-old found a niche in New Orleans two seasons ago, coming off the bench behind Anthony Davis early in the year and giving the Pelicans productive minutes on the block.

He was named to the All-Star team this season and is averaging 23.0 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting to go with 10.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists. 

The Knicks have been one of the NBA's biggest surprises under head coach Tom Thibodeau. They own the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 23-22 record. 

Randle is one of the team's more important performers, so his loss will be felt, though one thing the Knicks don't lack is frontcourt depth. Obi Toppin and Kevin Knox can each play the 4.