Knicks: Thibodeau praises RJ Barrett again

In Friday’s 103-94 defeat to the Kings, Barrett scored 21 points on an 8-for-17 shot – including a 2-on-2 for 3. In his last five games on Friday, Barrett averaged 21.8 points. – with 51.4% shot and 38.9 percent from deep – to go with 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. In the 10 games prior to that stretch, he was only shooting 33.1 percent from the floor and 12.8 percent from over the arc – numbers that were boosted by two matches in the middle where the southpaw briefly overheated and got shot 18 out of 34 from the floor and 5 for 10 from three.

“I think RJ has played really well in the last five or six games, I’d say, playing at a really high level,” said coach Tom Thibodeau. “He He started the season where he had a great opening night and I think the teams have followed him quite well. But he’s adapting and even during the stretch where he wasn’t shooting particularly well, he was bouncing great and being a director. “