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Knicks forward Julius Randle is not expected to play Sunday in Game 1 of New York’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Heat because of a sprained left ankle, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Knicks have listed Randle as a game-time decision, and coach Tom Thibodeau had previously said he was hopeful the two-time All-Star would be available for the series opener.

Randle was on the court Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden going through warmups.

He originally injured the ankle in a March 29 win over the Heat and missed the rest of the regular season. Randle returned for Game 1 of the Knicks’ first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers but largely struggled to find any rhythm, averaging 14.4 points and 6.4 rebounds over the five games — down from his regular-season averages of 25.1 points and 10.0 rebounds.

Randle was benched for the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ Game 4 win over the Cavaliers last Sunday and shot 25-for-74 in the series.

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Sources – Julius Randle not expected to play Game 1 for Knicks