Scottie Barnes savagely tells Knicks' Quentin Grimes 'you is not him'

Joshua Rogers January 17, 2023
Scottie Barnes savagely tells Knicks' Quentin Grimes 'you is not him'
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During the Raptors matchup with the Knicks, Scottie Barnes was caught savagely telling Quentin Grimes that “you is not him.”

The Raptors took on the New York Knicks on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in what was a chippy Eastern Conference clash.

Fred VanVleet dropped a game-high 33 points while Scottie Barnes chipped in with 26 points, seven rebounds and a career high 13 free-throw attempts as the Raptors won 123-121 in overtime.

Scottie Barnes tells Quentin Grimes, “you is not him”

Barnes had an excellent outing against the Knicks, impacting the game on both ends of the floor. After his Rookie of the Year season, the sophomore star struggled to kick on earlier in the season. However, he is now coming into his own and displaying versatility in playmaking, scoring and defending.

However, perhaps where the 21-year-old hasn’t got any plaudits yet is his trash-talking, although that could all be about to change.

On Monday, Scotties Barnes was caught rather savagely pointing at Quentin Grimes and telling him, “you is not him”. NBA Twitter caught wind of the exchange and thought Barnes was ‘wild’ for the burn:

Pascal Siakam on ‘confidence’ growing in Barnes

The Raptors are slowly beginning to piece things together and have won four of their last five. After a terrible start to the season, Barnes and co. are showing positive signs of getting back to where they need to be.

The Raptors are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 20-24 record. If they’re to get back into the automatic playoff places Barnes will have to continue playing at a high level.

Speaking about Barnes’ game at present, Pascal Siakam recently said: “He’s just settling in. I see the confidence. He’s not forcing anything, he’s just playing basketball the way that he knows how to and it’s showing. I think that sometimes we get so caught up in the numbers and what people are expecting from [us]. You’ve just got to go out there and play, and I think he’s starting to understand that.”

“He’s been really sharp and really impressive,” added Fred VanVleet. “He’s playing at a high level… We’re going to need that from him.”

Next up for the Raptors is a tough road game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.