RJ Barrett masterclass making Warriors fans boo during Raptors loss is hilarious

Barrett was cooking the Warriors.
Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors
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While many believe the primary purpose of the Toronto Raptors trading away OG Anunoby was to acquire Immanuel Quickley, RJ Barrett coming to town has had a very noticeable impact on the offensive end. Almost overnight, Toronto went from average in every way offensively to genuinely fearsome.

While Barrett has been a robust player with Toronto, averaging 15.7 points per game in his first three contests with the Raptors, what he did against Steph Curry and a Golden State Warriors team that could be eyeing a trade for his teammate Pascal Siakam shows exactly why so many are unwilling to give up on him as a starter.

Barrett finished his masterful performance with 37 points, including 26 in the first half, as the Raptors managed to amass a 27-point lead at halftime. Things got so grim that a chorus of vocal boos rained down from a fanbase that is not used to such lifeless performances.

Toronto's 133-118 win in San Francisco served as further confirmation the changes made on offense have changed the squad for the better. Barrett, in particular, seems to have been born anew with the Raptors, as this was one of the finest games of his professional career.

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RJ Barrett's 37-point game had Warriors fans booing in loss to Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors and Knicks have two fundamentally different offenses. The Knicks want to slow things down and lean on individual excellence in isolation, while the Raptors want to play fast and pile up the assists. Barrett needed some time to get his feet under him, but the Golden State game makes it look like he settled in.

Barrett had an up-and-down career with the Knicks, often determined by how well he was shooting from 3-point range. Barrett, who went 5-6 from 3-point range in this game, has been on an upswing lately. If he can shoot anywhere close to this while getting to the rim as well as he had been, he'll be a tremendous long-term piece.

While Scottie Barnes had one of his worst games, if not his worst, of the 2023-24 season, Barnes has generally played well alongside Barrett and Quickley. Siakam was solid again, showing even more evidence that he can thrive in an offense with all three of those players on the floor together and a trade might not be the best way forward.

As the Knicks continue to smash opponents with a suffocating Anunoby-led defense, the Raptors are slicing and dicing even the most experienced teams out there on offense. Barrett has played a huge part in Toronto's recent facelift, and the Raptors would be silly not to ride his hot hand in the coming weeks.