Julius Randle thinks the Knicks will be just fine without Jalen Bronson
The New York Knicks had a sense of relief after Jalen Bronson’s X-ray came back negative.
New York coach Tom Thibodeau The injury to Bronson’s left foot was described as a “bruise” to reporters Before Saturday’s game with the Los Angeles Clippers.
This will be the Knicks’ seventh game without a starting spot this season, and their third in their last four games.
The Knicks are 3-3 without him this season, and were a defensive stop or two away from completing a comeback win over the Sacramento Kings after losing Bronson to injury at the end of the first half.
“Obviously, it’s going to be hard to replace his production,” said Julius Randle, whose lead turnover in the stretch of the streak accelerated his loss Thursday in Sacramento.
But the Knicks’ bravery, their spirited comeback from a 21-point deficit to give themselves a chance to win, had Randle confident they could weather the storm.
“We will do it. We are up to the task,” Randall added.
“Right now we just have to find a way to turn around, mainly on defense more than anything else. Get off to a little better start and be more consistent on the defensive side throughout the game, so we don’t need to run around to make up ground. But I feel like we’ll be fine.”
Randall has carried the Knicks to six games without Bronson this season, averaging 29.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists. But apart from him, Emmanuel Kwekley and RJ Barrett are expected to step up in Bronson’s absence.
Quickley averages 22.7 points, 7.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals without Bronson this season. But he’s been in a shooting slump over the last two games after his career night in Boston last Sunday.
Barrett has performed admirably in three of the four games he has been without Bronson this season. His numbers—21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists—in those games were skewed by his scoreless performance in Dallas where he severed his index finger two minutes into the game.
The Knicks need to collectively fill Bronson’s shoes if they are to remain fifth in the East.
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