RJ Barrett, a standout for the New York Knicks, missed his team’s sixth straight game on Monday due to a hand injury, but it appears that he won’t be sidelined for long.
Barrett is “very close” to rejoining the club, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau. Since suffering a hand laceration on December 27 against the Dallas Mavericks, the 22-year-old wing has been sidelined from the competition.
According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, Thibodeau said of Barrett, “He’s doing great,” before adding that they will assess his development on Tuesday.
On Monday, RJ Barrett was seen practicing his shooting before their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. It is evident that he is not yet completely healthy and at ease with shooting, though.
It’s important to note how horrific Barrett’s injury is. The young wing recently claimed that he got the laceration when his left hand accidentally slammed into his right hand, dislocating a finger. The bone from his right hand’s dislocated finger passed through his hand. Six stitches were required, though it is now uncertain if the stitches are still in place.
RJ Barrett doing some form shooting with the assistance of Associate HC Johnnie Bryant: pic.twitter.com/FUa4vvClPZ
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In the six games the Knicks have played without Barrett, they have won four of them. However, they might have used the Canadian star’s assistance when playing the Bucks. Up until that point in the game, New York had a 17-point lead, but the team lost its composure, giving Milwaukee the victory 111-107. This 2021–22 season, Barrett is averaging 19.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.
This week, New York will play the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, and Detroit Pistons. Having said that, it will undoubtedly help the team if Barrett is able to play in any of these games.