The Toronto homecoming for Knicks rookie RJ Barrett may not be too joyous, as the team announced he is dealing with an illness and is currently questionable to play.
It would be a shame if Barrett couldn't play in his first game in his home country, especially considering the Raptors are reportedly planning a tribute for the 19-year-old, per The Post's Marc Berman. Barrett has played for Team Canada in the past, while his father, Rowan Barrett, is the GM for the Canadian national team.
Barrett actually sat out of his first game on Sunday against the Nets with an illness, but it was only as a precaution. If Barrett does have to sit out again, it wouldn't just hurt the Raptors' plans for him, but would hurt the Knicks' production as well.
The Duke product has been a solid offensive player this season with 15.1 points and 3.6 assists per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds. Losing him means losing someone the Knicks can rely on to score.
Other than Barrett, Frank Ntilikina was also listed as questionable with a contused left quad and sore groin. He has seen a large uptick in minutes in his starting role, and he's making the best of it lately. He had a season-high 17 points in the loss to the 76ers last Wednesday, and collected a team-high six steals against the Spurs on Saturday.
And finally, Kevin Knox is doubtful with a contused left quad. The sophomore has seen a decline in minutes played recently, and the injury doesn't help his cause, either. He's averaging 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season.