Knicks Julius Randle takes hard foul from Jarrett Allen

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs matchup on Tuesday between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers wasn’t overly competitive for much of the game. The Cavaliers pulled away to even up the series at 1-1, but that didn’t stop Cavaliers star center Jarrett Allen from giving his all until the very end, which resulted in a very controversial foul on Knicks star Julius Randle.

Cleveland had the win pretty much secured with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter up by 23 points. However, Allen continued to play hard — potentially too hard — by attempting to block an open dunk attempt from Randle.

Randle received a pass after a Knicks steal. As he went up for the dunk, he was brutally undercut by Allen, causing him to land dangerously on his back.

Allen was issued a Flagrant 1 foul on the play, but that was more or less an afterthought considering Randle stayed down for quite some time holding his back after the dangerous foul.

Randle ultimately ended up staying in the game to take the free throw following the made dunk. He was then subbed out after the free throw and sent straight to the locker room.

As expected, the Knicks would go on to lose the game 107-90 to Cleveland. However, that was far from the big takeaway from this moment.

Many around the NBA world were furious about multiple things that led to this incident happening. Firstly, many were upset at Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau for even having Randle in the game given the score.

Others were upset with Jarrett Allen for this block attempt given the situation with the game well in hand for the Cavaliers.

The foul itself can certainly be up for debate on whether or not it was a dirty play for Allen. Regardless, hopefully Julius Randle is all set to go for Game 3 of the series on Friday.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.