RJ Barrett injury update: Knicks wing to miss about a week with lacerated finger, report says

The New York Knicks will be without RJ Barrett for about a week, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. The team announced that Barrett will miss Thursday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with a lacerated right index finger.

Barrett suffered the injury during basic practice against Luka Doncic early in Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Blood pouring from his hand, he immediately went to the locker room. The Knicks then lost 126-121 in overtime, and Doncic finished with 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists.

After visiting the Spurs on Thursday, New York will visit the Houston Rockets on Saturday, then return home to face the Phoenix Suns next Monday and San Antonio next Wednesday. The Knicks will then have a one-off road game against the Toronto Raptors, Barrett’s hometown, next Friday.

In theory, Barrett’s absence could present an opportunity for wingers Evan Fournier and Cam Reddish, who have both been completely out of New York’s rotation. I suggested one of them might get vaccinated when Obi Toppin hurt his knee a few weeks ago, however, this did not happen. In Dallas, with Toppin and Jalen Brunson sidelined, Barrett’s injury turned the Knicks’ nine-man rotation into an eight-man rotation – Immanuel Quickley played 51 minutes, Quentin Grimes played 48 minutes, Miles McBride played 46 minutes and Julius Randle played 45 minutes. (The last time Fournier made an appearance was Nov. 13; the last time Reddish did was Dec. 3.)

Overshadowed by Doncic’s all-time performance, Grimes scored a career-high 33 points on Tuesday and shot 7 for 16 from 3-point range. Brunson is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game with a sore right hip, so New York might need Grimes to try and build on that.

Excluding his two-minute stint against the Mavericks, Barrett, 22, averaged 23.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 turnovers and 0.7 steals in 36.7 minutes in December, while shooting 46.4% from the field and making 42.4% of his 3-point attempts. Last Friday against the Chicago Bulls, Barrett scored 44 points on 14-for-20 shooting. On the season, however, his possession stats aren’t much different from what he produced last season. His usage rate is down slightly (25.4% from 26.8% in 2021-22), a result of Brunson’s arrival, and his true shooting percentage is up slightly (53.2% from 51). ,1% in 2021-22).

The Knicks are 18-17 with offense 10th in the league, defense 10th and point differential 10th. After winning eight games in a row earlier this month, they have now lost four in a row.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *