RJ Barrett taking his Knicks debut dud in stride


The earthquake may have been the best part of RJ Barrett’s opening NBA night.

The game being called in the fourth quarter amid precautionary concerns about the swaying scoreboard overshadowed Barrett’s dud-of-a-debut.
Forcing many attempts, the lefty Duke product shot 4-for-18 — 1-for-8 from beyond the 3-point stripe — to tally 10 points.

Barrett admitted that “some guys got kind of tired I guess,” and maybe that had something to do with his poor shooting. But he made no other excuse.

“I’ve been working hard all summer, getting in great shape,’’ Barrett said following Saturday’s practice. “There’s nothing you can do to simulate a game like that. So, sure, I haven’t played a game in three months.

“Shots just didn’t go in. Tell me one player that’s had a great game every game. You know what I’m saying?”

The 6-foot-7 swingman also missed three of four free throws and had just one assist. His 3-point shooting (30.8 percent) and free-throw shooting (66.5) were issues at Duke.

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