RJ Barrett’s enchancment from past the 3-point arc has been well-documented this season, however the Knicks’ second-year guard additionally has improved his effectivity from the free-throw line since his rookie marketing campaign.
Barrett’s proportion from the stripe has jumped from 61.4 % final yr to 73.6 % this season. He was fouled on a 3-point try and calmly sank all three freebies to tie the rating with 37.0 seconds remaining in regulation in Friday’s additional time win over the Grizzlies.
“I’ve been watching all of it yr. And I feel his confidence is coming from all the additional time that he’s placing in,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau stated of Barrett after the sport. “I feel he’s displaying his development and maturity. He didn’t get rattled. Issues weren’t going our manner. Simply keep the course, fought his manner by means of it.”
Barrett added one other game-tying drive with 8.8 seconds left within the fourth quarter, and he nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining in additional time. Following a sluggish begin, he netted 15 of his 20 factors within the ultimate quarter and the additional session.
“The capturing piece has been big. After which his ending is vastly improved, as effectively. However his all-around play has been terrific,” Thibodeau stated. “His work ethic is prime of the road. His perspective and method are prime of the road. He’s a team-first man. He’s 20 years outdated and he’s solely going to get higher.”
Alec Burks had totaled simply 14 factors on 4-for-16 capturing in 58 minutes over his earlier three appearances, however the veteran guard scored 19 off the bench Friday, together with 9 in additional time.
The Knicks honored Yonkers-bred rapper DMX, who died Friday after per week on life help following a coronary heart assault, with a scoreboard tribute between the primary two quarters and with an RIP message on the marquee exterior the Backyard. The 50-year-old, three-time Grammy nominee’s actual title was Earl Simmons.