Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley bounces back from quiet opener



Immanuel Quickley didn’t sweat his goose egg in the Knicks’ first game of the season, bouncing back from a scoreless road effort against the Grizzlies with a team-best 20 points in Friday’s home-opening win over the Pistons at the Garden. 

Quickley also finished with seven rebounds and a team-leading seven assists in 27 minutes to spearhead a 61-point performance by the Knicks’ second unit. 

“It was great to see him play like that. I thought he and the rest of the bench did a terrific job. They gave us a big, big lift,” coach Tom Thibodeau said of Quickley after the game. “I love when he shoots. I feel every time he shoots, particularly his 3s, I think they’re all going in. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense.” 

Quickley had missed all six shot attempts — including three from 3-point distance — in Wednesday’s overtime loss in Memphis. But the third-year guard remained aggressive and connected on 8 of 14 field-goal attempts and made three of eight from long range against the Pistons. 

Immanuel Quickley dribbles during the Knicks' win over the Pistons.
Immanuel Quickley dribbles during the Knicks’ win over the Pistons.
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“Really, I just trust in God’s plan and trust in my work. So I don’t feel like I have to press if I go 0-for-6, 0-for-10. It doesn’t really matter,” Quickley said after the game. “As long as I know that I’m doing all the right things, I don’t skip no steps every day, come in, work, do what I need to do and watch the film, see what I can do better and just live with whatever happens.” 

Derrick Rose on Julius Randle’s play through two games: “His approach has been totally different. The way he’s reading the floor is totally different. His passing has been unbelievable. Understanding that we want to get up a certain amount of 3s and he’s finding the shooters. I can’t complain. He’s been playing great.”


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