Scottie Barnes dismisses trash talk with Knicks’ Quentin Grimes: ‘That was nothing’

Quentin Grimes, Scottie Barnes, New York Knicks

Scottie Barnes downplayed the rivalry brewing between him and fellow 2021 draft classmate Quentin Grimes after he outplayed the New York Knicks‘ second-year wing again in their 125-116 repeat win Sunday.

Barnes was caught on television replay trash talking to Grimes during their last week’s win at Madison Square Garden.

Barnes dismissed their earlier encounter as just a heat-of-the-moment thing.

“Growing up, I always started talking trash. I was always that kid that just talk trash. …When you’re in that moment, it’s just you make a good play, [it] just automatically happen sometimes,” Barnes explained.

“I’ve always talked trash, but it’s not too much. It’s just when I see friendly battles or little battles, I get overhype sometimes, and I can’t help myself from talking a little bit. That was nothing [against Grimes],” Barnes said, adding that he does it to anyone. “It just depends on the moment.”

Barnes got the best of Grimes again Sunday, finishing with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting, seven rebounds, and six assists in 36 minutes to help the Raptors snapped a three-game losing skid and win their season head-to-head against the Knicks, 3-1.

Grimes struggled with his shot (2 for 8 from the field) and was the only Knicks starter in single-digit scoring (8 points). He added five rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes.

Both Barnes and Grimes were five-star recruits out of High School. But Barnes was taken no. 4 in 2021 by the Raptors after an outstanding one-and-done season with Florida State that saw him win ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC Sixth Man of the Year and third-team All-ACC honors.

On the other hand, Grimes was drafted 25th overall by the Knicks after a roller-coaster three-year college career culminating with an ACC Player of the Year award and a Final Four appearance with the Houston Cougars.

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