RJ Barrett out a week with ankle injury
New York Knicks rookie guard RJ Barrett will miss the next handful of games for the team, as a sprained right ankle will keep him sidelined for at least a week, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett sprained his right ankle and X-rays were negative. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 17, 2020
Barrett, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, likely suffered the injury during the team’s 121-98 blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. During the game, Barrett drove to the basket, but was fouled by Suns point guard Ricky Rubio. During the play, Barrett fell hard to the floor and slid into the stanchion, and was extremely slow to get up.
While Barrett was able to stay in the game and shoot his free throws, he was later taken out and didn’t return to the game. At the time, many feared the injury could be worse due to the collision, but a sprained ankle is probably the most favorable outcome after the fall. Barrett will be re-evaluated by the team in one week, meaning that he will miss at least the next four games for the Knicks, which will see the team take on some of the top teams in the league, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angekes Lakers and Toronto Raptors.
Following the blowout loss to the Suns, the Knicks now find themselves at 11-31 on the season. This gives them the second-worst record in the NBA, just ahead of both the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. With the NBA trade deadline coming up on Feb. 6, it will be interesting to see if the Knicks make any moves in either direction. Some of their pieces, such as Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Frank Ntilikina, are players they could trade away to a contending team as they try and prepare for a rebuild in the offseason.