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YouTube Gold: RJ Barrett Impresses Spike Lee

A play of the day candidate

2021 NBA Playoffs - Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks
 NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during Round 1, Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 23, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. 
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You know how you know when you’ve made it with the Knicks? When Spike Lee celebrates your plays, you’ve made it.

Lee, a lifelong New Yorker and (therefore frustrated) Knicks fan, was most famous basketball wise for his antics with former Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller, who gave it right back to him.

Lately he hasn’t had a lot of fun in the Garden though but Sunday, when former Blue Devil RJ Barrett took a pass from Derrick Rose and dunked all over Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic, Lee lost it.

You can't blame him really. It’s been awhile since New York has had much excitement with the Knicks, and Barrett’s work ethic has a lot to do with why this team has turned around.

And it was a beautiful dunk. It’s hard to disagree.

Unfortunately Atlanta got the last laugh as Trae Young got the ball in the lane and hit a little floater to put the game away for the Hawks. Reminded of the emotional cost of being a Knicks fan, Lee was not nearly as animated at that point.