Randle’s slump continues.
The New York Knicks dropped a 105-110 decision to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2023-2024 NBA regular season at the Fifth Third Forum in Milwaukee on Thursday.
Despite a 45-point one-man show from Jaylen Brunson, New York was unable to overcome Milwaukee. 스포츠토토 With the loss, the Knicks fell to 2-4, unable to get back to five wins.
It’s been a rough start to the season for New York, who advanced to the second round last season. The biggest culprit is the silence of “King of New York” Julius Randle.
In 2022-2023, Randle rebounded from his previous season, averaging 25.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, earning All-Star and All-NBA honors. Without Randle’s rebounding, New York’s playoff run was unthinkable.
However, Randle’s start to the season has been less than stellar. Through six games, he’s averaging just 13.1 points on 27.1 percent shooting and has been a total disaster. His scoring average has almost halved compared to last season.
Randle isn’t a very efficient shooter, but he relies heavily on jumpers in his scoring. However, he’s struggled offensively this season, as he’s had extreme shooting woes early in the season. His rim attack, his go-to offense when his jumper isn’t falling, hasn’t been effective either.
Randle’s struggles continued against Milwaukee. He made just one three-pointer on nine attempts and shot 25.0% (5-of-20) from the field.
He failed to attack the rim on back-to-back possessions, especially in the possession that led to Damian Lillard’s crucial end-one play, and his consistently overcrowded backcourt was not enough to prevent the team from losing. He was frustrated with his lack of focus and the passes not coming when he wanted them to.
When a team’s ace has a bad game, the expectation is that he’ll bounce back the next game. That hasn’t been the case for Randle this season. He has yet to have a game with more than 20 points and has shot 45% or less in all of them. As if his shooting woes weren’t bad enough, his free throw percentage is down to 61.8%.
With R.J. Barrett not at full strength, a prolonged Randle slump could spell trouble for New York. When will the King of New York wake up from his slumber?