The most compelling reason to see the Knicks for the rest of the season is to return to the pitch.
After missing nine games with a sprained right ankle, rookie RJ Barrett returned on Thursday's 105-103 Garden win against Magic with 12 points, three assists and three rebounds. In his first game since January 16, Barrett was limited to 18 minutes from the bench.
"I was in pain but struggled through," said Barrett. “It was great to be out there with my teammates again. I just had a lot of fun out there. "
If Barrett was disturbed by the ankle, it was not obvious. The third choice in the overall standings was aggressive in attacking the rim and ended a strong first half with 11 points in the 3v5 shootout.
Barrett, who has played an average of over 31 minutes per game this season, has played less than seven minutes in the second half and is not sure when he will continue his regular seasons.
"I trust the employees. I trust the coaches, ”said Barrett. "They told me that they would restrict me a bit. You went through this more than I did. I trust them. "
Barrett's biggest complaint on his return was a familiar one. The 60 percent free-throw shooter only hit 5 out of 9 attempts.
"I'm very happy except for my free throws," said Barrett. "I've been working every day since I got hurt."
Kevin Knox was unable to break the grid despite trading with Marcus Morris. The 2018 lottery election responded by weakening his case.
Knox prevailed on Monday after a 12-point victory against the Cavaliers and broke through nine games in a row that were scored in the single-digit range. Knox missed his five shots and ended goalless. The 20-year-old, who averaged 12.8 points as a freshman, has scored two points or less in four of his last six games and a field goal or less in seven of his last nine games.
Kenny Wooten shouldn't expect a call soon.
Even after the trading deadline, Wooten – the 21-year-old striker who signed a two-way contract with the Knicks three weeks ago – is expected to stay in the G-League for the foreseeable future.
"At this point, I think the most important thing for his development is to play the 30 minutes that he plays," said interim coach Mike Miller. "We saw how he could play those minutes. The quality protocols are the most important thing for him. Receiving minutes on the spot will not drive his development as it would regularly every night."
Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson both had an illness.
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