“I’m just playing with confidence,” Randle said. “I try to take things on a game-by-game focus, not really worried about the big picture of things when it comes to that.” Randle’s jump-shooting accuracy has improved for the Knicks lately. He has been less prone to on-court mistakes, and has been penetrating inside more instead of settling.
There’s more out of the Atlantic Division:
- Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe feels that Celtics coach Brad Stevens continues to search for consistent help at the back end of his rotation. Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter and Brad Wanamaker make up the team’s top eight players. Himmelsbach opines that Stevens wants his ninth and 10th options emerge from among Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye, plus rookies Grant Williams, Javonte Green, Romeo Langford, and Carsen Edwards.
- Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports that the backcourt health of the Nets has worsened, thanks to starting guard Garrett Temple missing tonight’s matchup against the Mavericks with a sore knee. Caris LeVert, Kyrie Irving, and the just-waived David Nwaba have all missed significant time for Brooklyn.
- The rise of springy second-year center Mitchell Robinson numbers among the big reasons why the surging Knicks (10-24 overall, but 6-6 since adding new head coach Mike Miller) seem to be legitimately better, according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman. Robinson’s 70% field goal percentage leads the NBA. “He makes the job really easy for us by running the floor, setting screens and making the right read at the right moment,” guard Frank Ntilikina said of Robinson.