If this continues, RJ Barrett will be competing in the 3-point shooting competition on the next All-Star weekend – if not the main event.
Barrett’s strong rise from beyond the 3-point streak peaked in Boston, where he drilled all six of his 3 pointers and finished with 29 points despite a loss of 101-99 Knicks to the Celtics on Wednesday evening at TD Garden.
Barrett finished the race with 29 points and shot a total of 10-14 In his last 40 games, Barrett shoots 45.9 percent out of 3-point range (61-for-133) from a slow start. In the last five games, he shot 16-22.
While Barrett made a costly turnover on the track that led to a quick breakup from Jaylen Brown, he rebounded and hit a game-winning 3-pointer shortly after. </ "I don't know if I'm surprised because I see how much time he's invested," said coach Tom Thibodeau. "And when we've been home he usually comes in every night to shoot and get extra shots. He worked really hard to improve the shot and I think he felt very comfortable behind the line. " And I also think his teammates are doing a good job and are looking for him. We had good marginal readings and a lot of spray outs, so they are 3s with a good rhythm. "
During an up and down first season when he was banned from the two all-rookie teams, Barrett only shot 31 percent out of 3-point range. He’s now up to 37 percent. </ "I'm just working on it," Barrett said. "Going to the gym at night, the more you put into the game, the more you come out."
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