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Julius Randle has been an absolute star this season and actually credited some of that improvement from watching Kawhi Leonard.

"I really watched a lot of Kawhi and his championship run with Toronto, and for me watching that, it helped me learn what I really wanted to be specific about as far as being able to get to spots on the court," Randle said on a podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski. "Last year was a big learning experience for me, like, I can’t just bully to the rim every time — it’s not going to be just shoot threes or bully to the rim. I’ve got to have some kind of in-between game where defenses load up on me, I can get to my spots and rise."

Randle's Knicks proved themselves victorious against Leonard's Clippers in a very pivotal matchup for New York. Leonard still hasn't had a great performance since coming off of his lower leg injury that made him miss nine games. Nonetheless, Kawhi was grateful to Randle drawing inspiration from him.

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One of the most unexpected developments of the season is seeing Julius Randle lead the New York Knicks to a potential home-court first-round matchup in the playoffs. The Clippers have locked in home court in the first round of the playoffs, and now look to create some continuity in these final regular-season games. If the Clippers want to reach the promised land, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have to play better than they did against the Knicks.

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