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Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau on RJ Barrett’s shooting struggles: “Shoot a lot of 3s and you’ll start making more”

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New York Knicks has been through some ups and downs in the first 23 games of the season. The Knicks have generally shot the ball poorly so far, with many players regressing in that statistical category this season.

One of those players is promising forward RJ Barrett, who just returned from a non-Covid illness Saturday. The Knicks were not able to compete against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, as the team faced another poor shooting night.

RJ Barrett, who got back after missing three games, shot just 1-of-7 from deep Saturday night. He persisted on 13-game 3-point shooting slump in which Barrett has made just 22.4 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

(via Marc Berman of NY Post):

“It’s similar to last year,” Thibodeau claimed on Barrett’s early-season shooting struggles. “I have a lot of confidence in [Barrett] being able to work his way out of it. When you throw in he’s been sick, and to me you get rhythm when you work.

“Last year, he got going when he started coming in every night to shoot. So there’s no notion that you [work] sometimes, you got to do it all the time. So get back in the gym, get back to grooving your shot. Shoot a lot of 3s and you’ll start making more.”

The Knicks fell to 11-12 after their 113-99 defeat in front of their fans Saturday. Despite the final score, Thibodeau’s team fell behind by 30 points early in the fourth quarter of the game.

Barrett is averaging 14 points per game this season, shooting a woeful 39.6 percent from the field, and a 31 percent from 3-point range.

The No. 3-overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft shot 44 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from deep during last season as the Knicks returned to the postseason for the first time in eight years, finishing fourth in the East.

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