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Julius Randle, Knicks forward, to undergo shoulder surgery, ending his season.

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season, the team announced on Thursday. Randle had been out of the Knicks’ lineup since January 27 after dislocating his shoulder.

Randle had been rehabbing to avoid surgery and return for the playoffs, but doctors advised against it due to the risk of permanent damage. Before his injury, Randle was averaging 24 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.

The Knicks were in fourth place in the Eastern Conference when Randle got injured, but have slipped to fifth place since then. They have gone 15-14 in Randle’s absence, with a significant gap between them and the first-place Boston Celtics.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau’s team is aiming for their third postseason appearance in four years. They had hoped to be a strong presence in the Eastern Conference after acquiring OG Anunoby in December, but injuries have hampered their progress. Anunoby has played just three games since Randle’s injury and is dealing with his own injury issues. There is no timetable for his return. The Knicks are expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2024-25 season without Randle.

By Samantha Jones

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