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Knicks Rumors: RJ Barrett Expected to Miss 'Week or so' with Finger Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 28, 2022

DALLAS, TEXAS - DECEMBER 27:  RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first half at American Airlines Center on December 27, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks' star RJ Barrett will reportedly miss about a week of action with a finger laceration, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Barrett left Tuesday's dramatic 126-121 overtime loss against the Dallas Mavericks with the injury and didn't return.

Barrett, 22, hadn't missed a game this season, averaging 19.7 points and three assists per game in 35 contests while shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from three and 76.2 percent from the charity stripe.

He's been one of New York's more consistent performers, along with point guard Jalen Brunson and power forward Julius Randle.

The Knicks were also without Brunson during Tuesday's loss because of a sore hip.

"You trust your medical [staff]," head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters before the game regarding the veteran point guard. "Obviously, he has a big say in it, but you put everyone together, and he's going to make a good decision."

Even without Barrett and Brunson, the Knicks still held a nine-point lead with 33 seconds remaining. But the Mavericks went on a late run to force overtime and won it in the extra period, buoyed by Luka Dončić's historic 60-point, 21-rebound, 10-assist triple double.

NBA @NBA

60 PTS<br>21 REB<br>10 AST<br><br>Luka Doncic is the first player EVER in NBA history to record 60+ PTS, 20+ REB, and 10+ AST in a game.<br><br>Historic. <a href="https://t.co/ik8MdBYbFR">pic.twitter.com/ik8MdBYbFR</a>

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

NBA teams were 0-13,884 in the last 20 seasons when trailing by at least nine with 35 or fewer seconds remaining, per <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPNStatsInfo</a>.<br><br>Luka Doncic and the Mavs pulled off a miracle.

"It's tough. It's a shame to not come out of here with a win," Thibodeau told reporters after the loss. "So 29 seconds to go, their shots, offensive rebounds, fouls. So disappointed."

Perhaps with Brunson and Barrett available, the Knicks (18-17) would have avoided being on the wrong side of history. Now, they'll be facing life without Barrett for at least the next week.

Luckily, they won't have to face Dončić again during that period.