All-star forward Julius Randle missed New York's 108-101 loss to Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday with a sprained left ankle.

The Knicks led by  13 points in the first half before going down without the leading scorer.

Knicks' Julius Randle misses Game 1

Randle was injured late in the regular season and missed the last five games before returning for a first-round game against Cleveland.

But in the crucial fifth game, he got injured again and missed the second half.

Knicks' Julius Randle misses Game 1

Randle has done little since the Knicks returned to practice. He trained at Madison Square Garden Sunday morning and coach Tom Thibodeau said it was a play call,

but the Knicks ruled him out about 45 minutes before the tip. Quentin Grimes returned after missing the last two games with a bruised shoulder,

but the Knicks kept Josh Hart on guard in the starting lineup. Obi Toppin started in Randle's place.

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