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Knicks’ RJ Barrett on playing in empty arena: “Actually might be an advantage”

RJ Barrett
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RJ Barrett is ready to make his first appearance in the MSG for the 2020/21 season, as the New York Knicks face off the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

That will be the first home game for the franchise since the last March, when the NBA decided to suspend the season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Barrett spoke on playing without fans expressing the hope that the Knicks might use the unprecented circumstance as an advantage.

“Actually having no fans might be an advantage,’’ Barrett said after the Knicks’ morning shootaround on Saturday, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“I know if I was a competitor, coming into the Garden, with all those fans, I’d want to have a great game. So coming in there with no fans actually probably gives us an advantage that way, too.”

The New York Knicks enter their second matchup of the season off the back of a 14-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. RJ Barrett had a standout performance during his first game of his sophomore year.

The guard/forward from Canada put up 26 points, eight rebounds, and five assists to conclude an impressive night, which was not enough for the Knicks to secure the win.

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