Knicks vs Cavaliers injury report for Game 1 playoffs: Is Julius Randle playing?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 24: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks reacts after his three point shot in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on January 24, 2023 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 24: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks reacts after his three point shot in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on January 24, 2023 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Now that the first day of NBA playoff action is here, one of the biggest questions entering Saturday’s matchups is whether or not Julius Randle will be available to play for the New York Knicks. He sprained his left ankle against the Heat on March 29 and has been sidelined since.

Tom Thibodeau’s said that Randle has been progressing each day, which is a great sign, but he participated in only the non-contact parts of practice on Thursday. Randle wasn’t made available to the media this week, so reporters haven’t been able to hear from him directly about how he feels.

If Randle doesn’t play on Saturday, fans can expect to see him maybe take the court for Game 2 on Tuesday. He’s a fierce competitor that will do whatever it takes to get back on the floor.

Is Julius Randle playing vs Cavaliers?

Julius Randle (sprained left ankle) will play in Game 1 after missing the final two weeks of the regular season.

Full Knicks injury report vs Cavaliers

Julius Randle (ankle) was upgraded from questionable to available.

Is Isaac Okoro playing vs Knicks?

Isaac Okoro (sore left knee) missed the final six games of the regular season for the Cavaliers. He went through parts of practice on Thursday that included contact and was listed as questionable for Game 1, but was upgraded to available.

Full Cavaliers injury report vs Knicks

Dylan Windler (foot) is out for Cleveland.

Knicks’ starting lineup vs Cavaliers

  • Jalen Brunson
  • Quentin Grimes
  • RJ Barrett
  • Julius Randle
  • Mitchell Robinson

Knicks’ upcoming playoff games and schedule

New York will remain in Cleveland for Game 2, which will take place on Tuesday, April 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Apr. 18 at Cleveland

Apr. 21 in New York

Apr. 23 in New York

Apr. 26 at Cleveland (if necessary)

Apr. 28 in New York (if necessary)

Apr. 30 at Cleveland (if necessary)