UPDATE: Jan. 17, 1:22 p.m. — RJ Barrett will miss at least one week after suffering a sprained ankle in Thursday’s loss to the Suns.
Medical Update: RJ Barrett sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of Thursday’s game against Phoenix. X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated in one week.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 17, 2020
The Knicks will re-evaluate Barrett after one week, though X-rays were negative on the ankle, so this seems to be just precautionary. The Knicks aren’t playing for anything and Barrett is a future cornerstone of the franchise.
With Barrett sidelined, we should see Damyean Dotson potentially start at SG for New York. He played 26 minutes on Thursday. PG Frank Ntilikina could also see some time off the ball at SG as well.
RJ Barrett (sprained right ankle) will not return to tonight’s game.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 17, 2020
Barrett was injured in the second half and did not return. He only managed to play 14 minutes, finishing with seven points three boards and two assists. The Knicks were also without Reggie Bullock against the Suns, so they’ll need to use Damyean and Frank Ntilikina at SG off the bench.