Knicks may want Immanuel Quickley at level guard in Sport 2
Nobody has embodied the Knicks’ “subsequent man up” mentality all season greater than Immanuel Quickley.
The slumping Sixth Man of the 12 months finalist may very well be known as upon once more to step in Tuesday evening with start line guard Jalen Brunson questionable for Sport 2 in opposition to the Warmth with a sore proper ankle.
Quickley averaged 22.6 factors and 5.1 assists in 21 begins this season, however he’s scored simply 9.0 factors per recreation on 34 % capturing in six appearances off the bench within the postseason.
“Simply doing something the groups wants me to do to win,” Quickley mentioned after observe Monday, earlier than Brunson’s damage standing was revealed. “It’s playoffs, so it’s probably not about essentially what you’re doing, however the way you’re doing it and how one can assist the group win. That’s what I’m right here to do.”
Whether or not he begins in Sport 2 or not, Quickley vowed that the Knicks will “shoot higher [Tuesday], for certain” after they missed 27 of 34 makes an attempt from 3-point vary in Sport 1.
Quickley was 1-for-4 from downtown within the opener, and he’s linked on 28.0 % (7-for-25) from deep within the postseason.
“It’s going to go in finally,” Quickley mentioned. “The ball simply didn’t go in. I went via one thing like this within the common season and all people was questioning [me]. I don’t ever query myself. I work too exhausting to do this.
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“Proceed to only see what I can do to proceed serving to the group and proceed capturing with confidence.”
Mitchell Robinson wasn’t listed on the damage report after saying he was “very” banged up after touchdown on his hip on a tough fall in Sport 1.
“He’s nicked up, however I believe this time of yr, significantly playoffs, you’ve got gamers … that’s a part of this,” Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “And so, clearly, we don’t need anybody on the market who’s injured, however should you’re hurting, you gotta get via that sort of stuff. So, he’s bodily. There’s quite a lot of banging happening on this sequence. So simply maintain going.”
Quentin Grimes performed solely 10 minutes off the bench in Sport 1 after lacking the ultimate two video games of the primary spherical in opposition to Cleveland with a shoulder challenge.
Requested if he plans to proceed to begin Josh Hart, who has averaged 43.3 minutes over the previous three video games, Thibodeau replied, “We’ll see. Every thing is on the desk.
“I didn’t know the place Quentin could be with contact and the physicality of all the things. I like the way in which he responded. He seemed good. So, we’ll see.”