Randle blasted the Knicks fan for spitting at the Hawks superstar in the second row. He was banished from the garden.
“I sure haven’t seen it, but there’s no room for it, man,” Randle said. “I don’t care whether it’s our local audience or not, there’s no room for that. We have to protect the players. It is disrespectful. Yeah, they’re our fans and I love our fans, but you see a guy on the street that you wouldn’t spit on him. You wouldn’t disrespect someone like that. I don’t care what arena he’s in, the fan base, there’s absolutely no place to disrespect anyone in any capacity and most of all spit on them. It’s just ridiculous. “
The series moves to State Farm Arena in Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday, where 16,000 people are expected to attend. Traditionally, Hawks games feature a good representation of Knicks fans, as many transplant New Yorkers live in Hotlanta. “
“I’m sure we’ll have (Knicks fans), although our home crowd has obviously been amazing,” Randle said. “It will be different on the road, of course. But I feel like we’ll still have fans there regardless. Regardless of the crowd, we have to come up with the mentality of just being the toughest team. We need to perform better. Everything we’ve done all year that has won us games, it has helped us win games – we just have to have the same mindset. And you just have to have it at a higher intensity level. “
The series is tied at one, and Randle has scored 15 points in each game – below his 24-point regular-season average.
This is Randle’s first playoffs.
“It’s everything I expected, honestly,” said Randle. “Just the level of intensity, every possession counts. Just the game plan, the discipline of the game plan, so that’s all I expected. You just have to keep adapting, keep learning, keep growing, and keep improving. So that’s what I expect to do. As the series progresses, I will continue to improve. ”