Julius Randle : Julius Randle gets another shot at long-time rival Bobby Portis

“It’s one of those things on a yearly basis, you watch all your favorites — the Kobe Bryants of the world, the Kevin Garnetts of the world, the LeBron James of the world,” Portis said. “And to be able to play on Christmas at the Garden, the Mecca of basketball, I’m excited.”

Julius Randle : Julius Randle gets another shot at long-time rival Bobby Portis
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Julius Randle : Julius Randle gets another shot at long-time rival Bobby Portis

“It’s one of those things on a yearly basis, you watch all your favorites — the Kobe Bryants of the world, the Kevin Garnetts of the world, the LeBron James of the world,” Portis said. “And to be able to play on Christmas at the Garden, the Mecca of basketball,

Randle, a physical force, also played well offensively Saturday while scoring 26 points but was killed on the glass.He and Portis were teammates in New York for a season after both were signed during the 2019 free agency.

It was a poor fit because they played the same position and Portis later labeled it “the most miserable season of my career.”

Now they’re back to being friendly rivals

“That’s just something I can’t do, especially given the situation we’re in right now,” Hartenstein said. “Before when we had [Mitchell Robinson], we had the luxury of: if one guy was not doing good, or if one guy was in foul trouble, I don’t think there was any drop-off at all. So I feel like especially in a situation where Taj is coming back trying to get his feet under him, I can’t do that. I think I put us in a bad situation, especially against a team like that, where even when I come back, it’s kinda hard to get the lead back. So for the future, I’ve just gotta be better in that situation, and I will be better in that situation.”

It’s unclear how long this will last. Jericho Sims, who sprained his ankle, is expected to return in about a week — maybe longer — but Hartenstein would still get the majority of minutes. Robinson is out for an extended period, perhaps until the end of the season.

The good news for the Knicks is they will have Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle suiting up against the Bucks. Brunson and Randle have been the Iron Men for the Knicks this season since they have not missed a single game so far.

The New York Knicks will spend Christmas against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Madison Square Garden. The Knicks and Bucks are set to face each other for the fourth time this season and for the second time in three days. On that note, let's look at the latest New York Knicks injury report for Dec. 25.

New York has two players on the injury list – Mitchell Robinson and Jericho Sims. Robinson is out for eight to 10 weeks after undergoing left ankle surgery, while Sims is still recovering from a sprained right ankle.

The "New York Knicks'' problem moving forward is the absence of Mitchell Robinson. He was having the best season of his career when the injury happened against the Boston Celtics on Dec. 8.

Robinson underwent successful surgery on his left ankle and will be re-evaluated in eight to 10 weeks. The Knicks also applied for a disabled player exception, which is a sign that Robinson could miss the rest of the season.

New York has been using Isaiah Hartenstein and Jericho Sims since Robinson was ruled out. Hartenstein is doing a great job, while Sims also injured his ankle against the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 20. He's expected to miss at least one to two weeks.

The New York Knicks are currently 0-3 against the Milwaukee Bucks this season and have lost to them nine straight games. The Knicks have not defeated the Bucks since Nov. 5, 2021. They have their shot to end the losing streak on Christmas Day in front of their fans at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks had their first chance on Saturday at home, but the Bucks were just too much for them in the second half. Jalen Brunson  had 36 points, three rebounds and seven assists, while Julius Randle contributed 26 points and eight rebounds.

It was not enough as Milwaukee won the game 130-111, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Bobby Portis had 23 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, while Damian Lillard added 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.