Knicks’ RJ Barrett fires back at Anthony Edwards’ criticism of his jump shot
The New York Knicks are coming off a dominant win over the Detroit Pistons in their most recent game, which put them at .500 at 25-25 while snapping a three-game losing streak. One of those losses was a narrow 102-101 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
The Knicks actually had a chance to snatch the victory against the Timberwolves, but RJ Barrett missed a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds. Wolves rookie Anthony Edwards was asked about the game’s final possession, and he revealed that his team’s plan was having Barrett take the last shot instead of someone like All-Star Julius Randle.
Anthony Edwards throwing shade at RJ Barrett’s jumper 😬
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 1, 2021
Edwards, who led Minnesota with 24 points against the Knicks, made it clear that teammate Jaden McDaniels made it difficult for Randle to catch the ball, and that they were glad that it was Barrett who took New York’s final shot.
The 20-year-old guard, who finished the game with 23 points, on 8-of-17 shooting while three rebounds, and two assists, heard about the shade that Edwards threw at his jump shot. Instead of firing back at the first overall pick of the 2020 Draft, the Duke product instead took the high road and said that he laughed and didn’t care about his comments.
RJ Barrett says he’ll be ready next time 👀 pic.twitter.com/HLX93wi09w
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 5, 2021
Knicks Have a Keeper in Barrett
In his second season since being selected third overall by New York in the 2019 Draft, Barrett has averaged 17.2 points while shooting 44.4% from the field and 34.9% from beyond the arc. Those numbers are all better than his averages in his rookie season and shows his improvement since his arrival in the Big Apple.
Even if he didn’t care for Edwards’ comments, Barrett is sure to work on and further improve on his jumper to help the Knicks in endgame situations like in their game against the Timberwolves. Unfortunately, their game last Wednesday was the final meeting of the season between the teams, and fans would have to wait until next year to see how Barrett will perform against Edwards and the Wolves.