Knicks' RJ Barrett Dismayed after Disastrous Game 6 Performance, Team Looks to Bounce Back Next Season
The New York Knicks ended their season earlier than expected, after falling to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Knicks put up a fight, but the performance of RJ Barrett left much to be desired. “I played terrible,” Barrett said. Despite the final result, the Knicks are confident they can take something away from the experience and use it to grow as a team in the future. Coach Tom Thibodeau praised guard Jalen Brunson, who put up a career high 41 points, for giving his all during the postseason run. "He’s one of the best players in the league. He shows that every night that he goes out there," Thibodeau said. The Heat's coach Erik Spoelstra also had kind words for Brunson, calling him an "incredible competitor". Forward Julius Randle, who missed time due to injury earlier on in the season, stated: “We should be proud of and things that we can learn from as well." Randle's performance in the playoffs was somewhat up and down, but Thibodeau believes Randle is just entering his prime. As the Knicks begin to reflect on their season, Brunson had a few words of encouragement for his team: “ keep working on your game, keep getting confidence as a player and as teammates as we move forward."