3 Keys to Knicks upsetting Bucks during In-Season Tournament quarterfinals

New York Knicks, Jalen Brunson, Milwaukee Bucks
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Julius Randle

Whether you're a fan of him or not (and you should be rooting for him as a Knicks fan), Julius Randle is important to New York's success. During the team's first trip to Milwaukee this season, he shot 5-of-20 from the field and 1-of-9 from three for 20 points. He's since turned things around offensively.

In the Knicks' last 10 games, Randle's shot less than 40% from the field twice. In the previous three games, he's shot at least 53% from the floor. The last time Randle shot less than 30% from the field in a game came against the Bucks. He could have another off night, but even if he does, it shouldn't be as bad as it was in New York's first matchup against Milwaukee.

Randle's effort will be key. He can turn it on defensively when he wants. Considering that the Knicks are playing a team featuring Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, the hustle plays could decide the game. That means boxing out, going after offensive rebounds, and more importantly, not taking plays off.

The Knicks will need Randle to be at his best the next few days, especially if the team advances to Vegas. Before we make it that far, though, New York will have to pick up a win in Wisconsin.