The Knicks might be on a three-game winning streak, but it hasn’t been a pretty one. With the starting team struggling to get things going against the Detroit Pistons, the Knicks’ second unit was forced into action, contributing the majority of points.
However, the leading score rout of the starting five was third-year shooting guard, RJ Barrett. Barrett hasn’t had the explosive and exciting season most anticipated prior to the 2021–22 campaign, but he’s dealt with a myriad of inflicting wounds.
Barrett scored 15 points in the game, hitting just 1 of 4 shots from three-point range and adding seven rebounds. However, he posted the worst +/- of anyone on the team, showcasing inefficient defense and missed opportunities.
While he is still gaining back his stamina after dealing with Covid the past few weeks, his most electrifying moment of the night was when he shot back at a few Detroit Piston fans hackling him from the stands.
RJ Barrett claps back at a Pistons fan
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Barrett looks directly at the fan and asks him, “you’re watching me right, you’re watching me?” He then proceeds to say, “so shut the f*ck up.”
Normally, players try to avoid confrontations with fans, but maybe a bit of frustration spilled over from the game as the Knicks thought back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter. Luckily, the second team was able to drag them out of a potentially devastating loss, and if it weren’t for the Knicks playing the worst team in basketball, the ending might’ve turned out a bit different.