Canadian basketball icon Steve Nash is sticking up for Duke’s RJ Barrett.
Barrett, from Mississauga, Ont., drew grievance on social media Sunday night time after the freshman ahead neglected a overdue loose throw within the Blue Devils’ sixty eight-sixty seven loss to Michigan State in an Elite eight recreation on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Nash, an 8-time all-celebrity who performed 18 seasons in the NBA from 1996-2014, published a supportive message on Twitter about Barrett — his godson — after the loss.
“RJ Barrett ( sure, is my godson) is a subsequent level playmaker at his age, 18, and size,” Nash wrote. “Makes every examine/pass. This is one ability that is less complicated in many respects due to the guidelines at the NBA degree but so damn treasured. Blown away on the reads and deliveries he made (again and again).”
Barrett finished Sunday’s recreation with 21 factors however ignored the only that would have tied it.
He flubbed the first of two unfastened throws with 5.2 seconds left and attempted to overlook the second — to offer Duke a risk to regain ownership with a rebound — but it bounced in.
Duke fell one step short of the Final Four after coming out at the dropping quit of a nail-biter. The Blue Devils won their previous NCAA Tournament video games by using a blended 3 factors and escaped within the final seconds best when their combatants overlooked at the buzzer.