While Jalen Brunson was superb (41 points) and did his best to keep New York alive in this game and this series, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett gradually pushed the Knicks into the grave at the end of this Game 6 at Miami.
How ? By accumulating missed shots and lost balloons. Every breath offered by the playmaker was quickly cut off by the technical waste of his two teammates.
“I was catastrophic”acknowledges Barrett for ESPN. “I’m really disappointed with myself, with my performance in this match. We give so much for a goal, and I feel that I did not play at my best level. It hurts. But these experiences can be good too, because you learn. »
The Canadian finished this Game 6 with 11 points at 1/10 on the shot and three loose balls… However, the majority of the shots he attempted were not bad. On the contrary, Barrett had affordable shots, he simply lacked precision.
Julius Randle will have to refine his game
We cannot make the same analysis when we look at Randle’s performance, 15 points at 3/14 in the shoot and three lost balls. The interior constantly took (too) difficult shots, with a defender on his back, sometimes at the end of possession and unbalanced. It has, as too often, complicated life.
“I’m obviously disappointed, I wanted more, I expected more”explains the interior at New York Post. “I’ll look at the footage and see how we can help Jalen. »
In addition to his often dubious offensive choices, which undermine his effectiveness, Randle never really entered the playoffs. Perhaps his return for the first round, after his ankle injury at the end of the regular season, was too fast and the player was hampered by his joint. All-Star and elected to an All-NBA Team, he was coming out of one of his best career regular seasons but missed this big meeting despite the Knicks’ successful run.
“Julius is still young. He is about to enter his finest years.” announces Tom Thibodeau. “There were a lot of good moments, of progress”, adds the former Lakers and Pelicans interior. “We can be proud of some things, and we will learn from others. We will take the time to take stock to find out what we can do better in the future. »
Same speech on the side of RJ Barrett. “We will think about this game for a while and find a way to come back stronger next season. »