Ian Begley, SNY.tv | Twitter |
One of the few positives from the Knicks' 30-point loss to the Lakers? RJ Barrett.
After picking up two early fouls, the Knicks rookie showed strong composure in finishing the game with 19 points (9-for-19 shooting) and five rebounds in 31 minutes. And on top of that performance, it was Barrett's first game against LeBron James.
"It was definitely cool. He was always my favorite player growing up. So that was good. Once I got in the game, it's just a regular game. Just got to play," Barrett said.
James was phenomenal for Los Angeles, scoring 31 points (6-for-12 from three) to go along with five assists and five rebounds.
"He was great. Really strong and fast and he plays the right way," Barrett said.
Barrett, 19, is going to have peaks and valleys throughout the season, just as all rookies do.
He had two strong performances in Los Angeles (24 points, 6 rebounds, 9-11 FTs vs. LAC on Sunday). To interim head coach Mike Miller, the games are examples of the trait that Barrett has shown for much of the season.
"He's resilient. He keeps coming back," Miller said. "He wasn't rattled when he picked up those two fouls (in the first quarter against the Lakers). Sometimes that's disruptive. But he's got such a good approach and he's very mature, as we talked about, mentally for a young guy. He came back, he saw what the game was going to be and what kind of plays he needed to make and he came back and made some plays."