SAN FRANCISCO — As RJ Barrett emerged from a trainer’s room inside Chase Center on Thursday morning, it wasn’t a pretty sight.
Barrett was in a walking boot, still limping two days after he sprained his left ankle with 18 seconds left in a blowout loss in Denver on Tuesday.
Barrett said hello to reporters but didn’t talk about the injury that kept him out of Thursday’s game against the powerhouse warriors.
The way he was laboring, it did not seem like Barrett would be back for the trip’s finale in Portland on Sunday afternoon. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said Barrett was “day-to-day” and was short when discussing the topic.
Who could blame him? His curious habit of leaving key players late in blowouts came back to haunt him. The Knicks were trailing by 16 points when Barrett took a bad step. It’s a shame since Barrett had been going strong since the start of the new year.
The good news is this will give a runway for Cam Reddish, who has played the previous two games on this trip because of injuries and figured to be in the rotation against the Warriors and Blazers.
Reddish has not looked particularly sharp, missing badly on an array of 3-point shots and turning the ball over. In the 29 minutes he played in the two contests, Reddish was a minus-37 and shot 0-for-4 from 3. Atlanta traded Reddish because the former Duke star wanted more playing time.
Rookie SG Quentin Grimes, who missed the last two games with a sore knee, was back for Thursday’s game and expected to start in Barrett’s place.
The sophomore jinx has officially struck Immanuel Quickley.
Since being shunned from the Rising Stars Challenge, Quickley has played four games and shot 7 of 30 overall, 2 of 17 from 3.
With so much emphasis on Julius Randle’s decline, Quickley’s demise is another reason for the team’s downfall.
The Knicks finished shooting around with one hour left before the trade deadline, which could’ve been awkward if a deal had been hatched.
“You just got to stay focused,” Thibodeau said. “It’s all part of the league. You lock into what you got to do. All the trades that get talked about, very few get done.”
The Warriors were playing the second night of a back-to-back after getting routed in Utah Wednesday, 111-85, snapping their nine-game winning streak.