After finishing with 40 points on the evening, New York Knicks All-Star Julius Randle had four words to motivate every Knicks fan out there enjoying the team’s recent winning streak, â€œNew York, we here!”
4 words to motivate every Knicks fan out there enjoying this team right now ??? pic.twitter.com/03k0diKcY2
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) April 22, 2021
What does that mean? Well, letâ€™s start with the facts, the Knicks overcame Atlanta 137-127 in an all-out slugfest on Wednesday evening and now hold the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference standings. After battling their way back from nearly dropping out of the playoff race, the Knicks are currently guaranteed a playoff spot with just 12 regular games left to play.
They are currently .5 games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks and one game ahead of the Boston Celtics. Thereâ€™s even reason to believe that if the Knicks continue to play like this, they could even give the Milwaukee Bucks a run for their money, who are currently 3.5 games ahead of New York.
However, we shouldnâ€™t discount the current eight-game winning streak that landed them the 4th seed in the first place, overcoming a few quality teams along the way. While their defense didnâ€™t necessarily get the job done against Atlanta, they still emerge victorious by a 10 point margin in overtime.
Of course, Randle finished with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists, showing absolute dominance in nearly every category. He also hit 12-of-13 free throws and connected on six of eight shots from downtown. In addition, Reggie Bullock contributed 18, RJ Barrett 16, Derrick Rose 20, and Immanuel Quickley 20.
Quickley was a menace down the stretch, connecting on back-to-back three-point shots to help the Knicks climb back from a double-digit deficit at one point. As the game looked out of reach toward the end of the third quarter, Hawks star Trae Young went down with an ankle injury, which allowed the Knicks to storm back with ease.
Hopefully, Young will recover quickly, as he is one of the best players in the NBA and is extremely exciting to watch. The Knicks undoubtedly won this game due to his lack of influence down the stretch. Nonetheless, this was a major stepping stone for NY, who feel as though they not only belong in the playoffs but can compete with some of the best teams in the NBA.
Randle is no question their esteemed leader, and the four words he dropped at the end of the game during his post-game interview should sit well with fans enjoying this rare Knicks streak of success.