Young finished with 32 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds and joined LeBron James as the only players to drop 30-10-5 in their postseason debut. In fact, most of the young stars making playoff debuts over the weekend had big games. Devin Booker went for 34 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in Phoenix, and his teammate Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 16 boards. And out in Utah, the Memphis Grizzlies won Game One on the road behind Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks combining for 57 points in their first playoff game.

But, do you know who isn’t on that list?

Julius Randle.

In his best John Starks imitation, Randle was a woeful 6-of-23 from the field and finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. And this is not to say that Randle isn’t a really good player and won’t bounce back. It just needs to be stated after Knicks fans were publicly saying absurd things about him a few weeks ago.


The New York tabloids didn’t baby the Knicks star about his performance, either. The Daily News said he “laid an egg,” and the Post said fans were “dealt a harsh reality” about the 26-year-old.


With Game 2 on Wednesday, both teams have more than enough time to make adjustments. But given how things have gone for the Knicks, Wednesday night could be one of the most important games in the last 20 years of the franchise’s history, as heading to Atlanta down 0-2 would be a death sentence.

Knicks fans, there is hope. Unfortunately, it all rides on the shoulders of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett — two players that have never won a playoff game. Which, considering who the Knicks have always been, makes all the sense in the world.