RJ Barrett’s improvement from beyond the arc to 3 points has been well documented this season, but the Knicks ’second-year guard has also improved his efficiency from the free throw line since his campaign. rookie.
Barrett’s percentage from the strip jumped from 61.4 percent last year to 73.6 percent this season. He was charged for a 3-point attempt and quietly dropped all three rebounds to tie the score with 37.0 seconds remaining in regulation. The extraordinary Friday won over the Grizzlies.
“I’ve been watching it all year.” And I think his confidence comes from all the time more than he puts in, “said Tom Thibodeau, Knicks coach, of Barrett after the game.” I think he will show his growth and his maturity. “It’s shocking. Things weren’t going our way. Just stay the course, fight for it.”
Barrett added another game record with 8.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and hit a 3-pointer lead with 1:15 remaining in overtime. After a slow start, he scored 15 of his 20 points in the last quarter and the extra session.
“The shooting was huge. And then its finish is much improved, too. But his overall game has been terrible, “said Thibodeau.” His work ethic is paramount. His attitude and approach are at the top of the line. He’s a first-team guy. He’s 20 years old and to be improved only “.
Alec Burks had totaled just 14 points on the 4-for-16 shot in 58 minutes on his three previous appearances, but the veteran goalie scored 19 off the bench Friday, including nine in overtime.
The Knicks honored race rapper Yonkers DMX, who died Friday after a week on life support after a heart attack, with a tribute match between the first two quarters and a RIP message on the tent outside in the Garden. The real name of the 50-year-old Grammy nominee, three times, was Earl Simmons.