New York Knicks: Calipari believes Rose is the ideal Quickley mentor

The New York Knicks have brought in Derrick Rose, not as a savior, but as a mentor.

Save for a dud against Orlando, and the ploy seems working for the Knicks.

The Rose effect has been felt immediately with the Knicks sneaking into the playoffs picture, winning three of their five games since the former MVP arrived via trade from Detroit. They currently sit at the seventh spot with a 14-16 record.

The trepidation among the Knicks fan base was quickly replaced with a warm reception.

Rose hasn’t taken away minutes from fan-favorite and their quickly rising rookie Immanuel Quickley. The Knicks are outscoring their opponents by 34 points in the 94 minutes Tom Thibodeau rolled a lineup with the Rose-Quickley tandem, per NBA.com.

It’s a small sample size, but it’s an encouraging sign.

Both players are quick and electric. They have a knack for explosive scoring since both were molded under the same legendary college coach.

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari believes the Knicks have struck gold with his former players’ backcourt pairing.

“Both are terrific people and teammates,” Calipari told Empire Sports Media via zoom call on Friday. [Rose] would never take a picture unless his teammates are with him. He didn’t want the stuff by himself. Immanuel is the same way. All the good stuff he’s doing and how he’s playing, you listen, he’ll defer to his team. He’s an unbelievable teammate.”

Rose was a one-and-done prospect who blossomed into the NBA’s consensus No.1 pick under Calipari when he was still with the Memphis Tigers. Quickley, on the other hand, recently played for Calipari at Kentucky and won SEC Player of the Year honors before entering the NBA.

While there were ramblings about their fit before Rose’s second go-round with the Knicks, they were all washed away.

Quickley is averaging 14.0 points and 2.4 assists on 21.4 minutes since Rose’s arrival. Meanwhile, Rose has put up 11.2 points and 3.4 assists in 20.6 minutes for the Knicks this season.

“They’re different in that Immanuel was more of a shooting scorer. Both have great runners or floaters. Derrick wanted to pass first, at least when I got him. He passed first and then look to score. Immanuel is more of a scorer who can pass. They are different in that way. But I’m gonna tell you both — you know there’s not one time I don’t text or talk to them and say ‘I love you coach’. — [These] are great human beings. They’re great young men,” Calipari said.

Rose and Quickley’s near similar skillsets have allowed Thibodeau to keep their opponents second-guessing on defense as both guards can play well off and on the ball.

Thibodeau’s player development is anchored on accountability and playing with a winning mentality instead of wantonly letting his young guys play big minutes and learn on the fly.  He’s surrounded his young core with veterans who understands his demands.

There’s no doubt in Calipari’s mind that Rose will serve as the ideal mentor to Quickley.

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Knicks fall under Magic’s spell in tough loss

Terrence Ross outscored the entire New York Knicks‘ bench as the Orlando Magic rolled to a convincing 107-89 victory on Wednesday night.

Ross fired 18 of his season-high 30 points, presiding over Magic’s breakaway from a tight first half.

The Knicks shot 54 percent in the opening half and led by as many as 11 behind Julius Randle’s 17 points. But the Magic tightened their defense and started packing the paint.

“It was really the second quarter. Normally, our bench is a big plus for us, and we lost an 11-point quickly. We didn’t challenge shots the way we should have, and they got going,” Thibodeau said.

The spark Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley usually provided off the bench went missing. The duo typified the Knicks’ offensive woes, shooting a combined 2-for-22 from the field.

If there is one man in the NBA who can figure out Tom Thibodeau, it’s Magic’s coach Steve Clifford. Both coaches spent years together from the Knicks to the Houston Rockets as assistant coaches under Jeff Van Gundy.

Orlando outscored New York, 30-14, in the third quarter and turned a 53-56 halftime deficit into a 13-point lead.

Led by Ross, who was all over the court with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks, the Magic’s bench outscored their Knicks’ counterpart, 42-26.

The loss snapped the Knicks’ three-game winning streak and prevented them from reaching .500. They fell to 14-16 with six games left before the All-Star break.

The Knicks’ offense turned stagnant as they ran into a maze of errors and forced shots. The Magic’s defense held the Knicks to only 26 percent from the field and six assists in the second half.

Randle outplayed Nikola Vucevic in a battle of All-Star candidates but drew little help.

Vucevic got his usual double-double (16 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists) but only shot 8-for-24 from the field.

Randle picked up from where he left off and dropped 13 points in the opening quarter as the Knicks seized a 30-19 lead. Then the Magic zeroed in on him on defense.

Despite that, Randle still came away with 25 points on 11-of-19 field goals, seven rebounds, and three assists.

RJ Barrett and Elfrid Payton were the only other Knicks in double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively. But they spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench.

“We’re such in a hole, and you want to find a way out. Those guys (second unit) started to make a run, and so that’s basically it,” Thibodeau explained.

A back-to-back three-pointer from Alec Burks brought the Knicks within 10.

But it proved to be their last gallant stand.

Ross, Evan Fournier, and Vucevic put the game away with a 7-0 answer.

The Knicks will have three days to recover.

Thibodeau will face his old team, Minnesota Timberwolves, for the first time since his unceremonious firing in 2019.

The Knicks, though, earned an extra day of rest after their Saturday matinee game against the San Antonio Spurs was postponed after four Spurs tested positive for COVID-19.

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New York Knicks: One category Immanuel Quickley needs to improve in

New York Knicks, Immanuel Quickley

When the New York Knicks selected Immanuel Quickley with the 25th overall pick, nobody expected him to be a revelation. Through 24 games, Quickley is averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 assists, and connecting on .412% of shots from the field per game. He’s also shooting .370 from three-pointer and has missed just four free throws this season.

Quickley has been an offensive weapon coming off the bench, as head coach Tom Thibodeau continues to start Elfrid Payton over the Kentucky product. At 21 years old, he’s just adapting to the NBA but has made significant strides forward in recent weeks. As he becomes more comfortable with how the game is played at the next level, the rookie is beginning to slow things down and improve his vision on the floor.

We could sit here all day and list the positives Quickley has brought to the team in just a short period of time, but he has weaknesses, and his comes on defense.

In an interview with the NY Post, former Knick Charlie Ward noted one thing Quickley will improve on with time on the floor:

“He’s definitely an offensive guy who can score the basketball,’’ Ward said of Quickley. “Our games are different. But you need late first-round picks that can play a role and be productive and potentially be a solid rotation player. Most times you look at high draft picks and put a lot of weight on them. But it’s all of them. Anyone who comes in the system, you’re trying to find the right fit. I think he fits a role.

“He’ll continue to develop as a defender. But he’s young still. He’s getting an opportunity to play, unlike myself, his first year. It’s a good opportunity for him to gain experience. And moving forward, he’ll continue to develop his offense but also continue to develop his defense.’’

How has Quickley looked on defense so far with the New York Knicks?

Quickley has an agile and bouncy nature to his play, but he doesn’t have the necessary strength and fundamentals on defense just yet. He still developing in that area, averaging 0.4 steals per game. You can see his anticipation and tamed-aggression growing each and every game, which is a positive sign, but there’s a reason Payton continues to start games.

Quickley is it a pesky defender, putting immediate pressure in full court situations after scoring. He sprints to his assignment, tantalizing them with energy and pointing out unmarked assignments off the ball. His communication with Thibodeau has been impressive between plays, and it shows he’s taking to coaching well. He also does a solid job calling out switches and pressing the perimeter. He lacks the strength to push through screens, but he’s so elusive he can sometimes bounce around them.

It will take time for Immanuel to elevate his game on defense, but the Knicks trading for Derrick Rose will help him develop even faster. A mentor and teacher like Rose will offer him a new perspective on how to play the game and one that has done it for quite some time. I have no doubt that Quickley will become one of the best players on the Knicks if he isn’t already, which is so exciting considering he’s only played 24 games in his young career.

 

Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley demanding ‘respect’ from some of the league’s best players

New York Knicks, Immanuel Quickley

The New York Knicks are coming off two consecutive victories, with their latest, against the Houston Rockets 121-99. Thanks to stellar performances from Julius Randle and rookie Immanuel Quickley, New York has strung together a few impressive performances, dominating teams with bad defense and questionable offense.

Quickley finished the game with 22 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from three. He also connected on all four of his free throws and earned a +/- +17. The Kentucky product has continued to impress, and he has a new mentor teaching him the ropes in Derrick Rose. However, star Rockets PG John Wall had motivating things to say about Quickley, who played an altogether better game than his peer.

“He’s someone I respect,’’ Wall said of Quickley before the game. “I’m very happy for him to get the opportunity. I’m glad he’s showing people he’s more than just a shooter. That’s a lot of what people thought. The way he runs the point guard position has been good. It’s going to be good to go against him.”

Quickley has made significant leaps forward in his development, utilizing his vision on the court to spread the ball and a dangerous floating shot that mirrors Derrick Rose’s. Quickley responded to Wall’s comments with a sense of gratitude, as it becomes clear that he is just scratching the surface of his potential. With the right coaches and players around him, Quickley has the ability to be a premium point guard in the NBA, which would solve a problem the Knicks have dealt with for years.

“He told me I was having a good season, he told me to keep working,’’ Quickley said. “And just stay with it. It’s a long season but just keep getting better every day.’’

The New York Knicks move to acquire Rose paying off in dividends:

Parting ways with Dennis Smith Jr. became acceptable when Quickley entered the fold and immediately shot up the depth chart. What Rose is teaching Quickley is invaluable and will ultimately help him over the long term. This move by Tom Thibodeau and management could be their best this season, simply based on the fact that it’s helping their star rookie grow even faster.

“I’m learning a lot of stuff [from him],’’ Quickley said. “I don’t want to give it away because a lot of stuff I’m going to take with me throughout my career. So really just his energy. He’s a dog, an alpha dog, he’s a leader. It’s great to have somebody like that in my corner.’’

Knicks begin life without Mitchell Robinson with easy victory over Rockets

Nerlens Noel picked up the slack on defense while the 35-year old Taj Gibson turned back the clock and was spinning like he was 18.

Tom Thibodeau couldn’t ask for more as the New York Knicks’ collective effort enabled them to ace their first test without their starting center Mitchell Robinson.

On the day they learned that Robinson, who fractured his right hand, would be out for at least a month, the New York Knicks flaunted their depth in a huge 121-99 win against the Houston Rockets.

Their backup centers turned in inspired performances that more than filled up Robinson’s absence.

Noel collected 10 points, six boards, and two swats in his first start of the season, while Gibson added four points, including a beautiful spin drive to the basket off a Derrick Rose assist. He added five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.

“They’re both great pros. You know they’re always ready whatever comes their way,” said Thibodeau praising his backup big men.

“Taj’s motor is an asset because it doesn’t need five minutes to warm up in the game. Once he’s in the game, he’s going. Nerlens is terrific in terms of the rim protection defensively, pick and roll defense and then putting pressure on the rim. And oftentimes, you didn’t see the value of that because it doesn’t show in the statistics of him going hard to the rim. But what it does is that it opens up shots for people. You can’t overlook that,” Thibodeau added.

Julius Randle was a steady presence in the starting unit as he came one rebound short of a double-double (22 points, nine rebounds, and two assists).

But it was the electric backcourt tandem of Rose and Immanuel Quickley once again who stepped on the gas.

Save for an anxious moment in the third quarter when the Rockets came within five, the Knicks threw a fun party at The Garden in the second night of a back-to-back.

The Knicks’ second unit quickly sucked the air out of the Rockets that kept them grounded.

Rose had another impactful role off the bench with 16 points and three assists while Quickley hit four triples en route to his fifth 20-point performance in his young career. Quickley, the 25th pick of the Draft, tied Randle with 22 points while the Knicks’ lottery pick Obi Toppin scored 11 and put on the exclamation point with a vicious alley-oop dunk off a Kevin Knox lob pass.

Eric Gordon and John Wall combined for 50 points for the Rockets, who were missing Victor Oladipo and Christian Wood. They got little help from the rest of the team.

The Knicks’ second unit, led by the Rose-Quickley tandem, outscored their Rockets’ counterpart, 58-30.

“The balance of our team (was the difference). Our bench has given us a big lift. You need that in a game like this. Like tonight, we’re on a back-to-back, and they were waiting for us. I thought our energy was terrific,” Thibodeau said.

It was their second straight blowout win as they continue their steady climb in the standings. Their 13th win in 28 games has enabled them to move up to seventh in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks hope to sustain their winning form when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

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Knicks suffer another Heat-breaker on Derrick Rose’s debut

Derrick Rose has hit seven game-winners in the final 10 seconds of regulation or overtime throughout his NBA career.

But on Rose’s first game back as a Knick, Tom Thibodeau chose not to put him in a tight spot.

Instead, Thibodeau went to his youngest player for the last shot.

The 20-year old RJ Barrett missed on a last-second drive as the Miami Heat survived with another gut-wrenching win, 98-96, over the New York Knicks Tuesday night.

“He just got here. So we’re still working our way through things,” Thibodeau said, referring to Rose. “I just felt we needed people who know what we’re doing. I didn’t want to put him in a situation like that.”

With the Knicks’ best closer on the bench, the Heat pounced on the opportunity to hammer out their second straight close win against the Knicks in three days.

Tyler Herro drained a clutch triple while Jimmy Butler hit a split at the line that spoiled the third reunion of his former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves coach and teammate.

But despite the loss, Rose showed plenty of promise even without the benefit of practice with his new teammates.

He relied on his familiarity with Thibodeau’s schemes and played with his instincts.

For a good stretch, Rose showed flashes of his former elite form that made him the league’s youngest MVP 10 years ago.

The 32-year old Rose, along with rookie sensation Immanuel Quickley, came off the bench with 3:27 left in the first quarter.

Rose quickly made an impact as the Knicks turned a seven-point deficit, 17-24, into a 42-30 lead, bridging the first two quarters.

Rose had 10 first-half points and three assists in under 11 minutes.

But the Heat hit 11 threes in the first half that enabled them to recover and led by two at the break, 57-55.

Elfrid Payton, perhaps feeling the heat with Rose’s arrival, had a strong start with 12 points and three assists in the opening half.

The Knicks would grab another 10-point lead in the second half. But the Heat thrived on the free throw line then made their shots when it mattered to pull off the come-from-behind win.

Miami sank 32 of 39 foul shots while New York only had a total of 16 free throws. Butler and Bam Adebayo combined to shoot 26 of 31 at the stripes for the Heat.

Payton led the Knicks with 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Rose finished with 14 points in 20 minutes. He left the game for good with 4:51 left and the tightly-fought match tied at 88-all.

Julius Randle was out-of-sync, bleeding for 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting. His late-game blunder was costly.

After Quickley answered Herro’s triple with a floater to cut the Heat’s lead to one, 97-96, the Knicks had several chances to steal the game.

Reggie Bullock grabbed a Kelly Olynyk miss with 22.6 seconds that set up a bizarre ending for the Knicks.

Instead of milking the clock for the last shot, Randle opted for a tough fadeaway with still 10.2 seconds left.

Butler did an excellent acting job to sell a foul in the mad scramble for the ball. But he could only hit a split off his free throws that gave the Knicks one more shot in the final 6.2 seconds.

Barrett wound up with 13 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a big endgame lesson that Thibodeau hoped would toughen him up.

Rose could have written a perfect ending to his fairy tale return to the Knicks, but Thibodeau held him back.

Not tonight.

Perhaps Thibodeau is reserving those Rose’s clutch shots when the stakes will be higher.

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New York Knicks’ rookies aren’t getting the playing time they deserve

Through 25 games, the New York Knicks have turned some heads this season. Currently 11-14 and just 0.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are seemingly headed in the right direction under coach Tom Thibodeau.

However, despite the surprisingly strong start, many Knicks fans are disappointed in the lack of playing time for rookies Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley. Some struggling veterans are getting playing time instead, and the team’s rotations may have cost the Knicks some games.

Toppin, the eighth pick in 2020’s NBA draft, averages just over 11 minutes a game. He’s doing okay in his limited minutes, 4.6 ppg and 2.6 rebounds, but doesn’t get enough playing time to really show what he’s got. Playing time certainly isn’t given, but the eighth overall pick on a rebuilding team needs extended minutes.

Although many of Toppin’s minutes are taken by the forward duo of Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, Toppin should be getting some of Reggie Bullock’s minutes. Bullock’s know to be a “three-and-D” player but has struggled a lot this season. He scored 21 points the other night against Miami, but averages just 8.9 ppg in 27 minutes.

Quickley has had some games this season where he’s completely lit it up, yet he sits on the bench. He’s scored 16 or more points eight times this season but averages just 19 minutes. Despite the Knicks winning two of their last three games, Quickley has played no more than 17 minutes in those games.

Elfrid Payton, on the other hand, continues to be an offensive nuisance. In nearly 29 minutes per game, Payton averages 12 ppg (same as Quickley), while shooting just 43% from the field and 24% from downtown. His defense keeps him in the lineup, but his offense is just brutal to watch.

Over the weekend, the Knicks acquired Derrick Rose, adding another guard into the mix. While Rose and Payton will likely see the bulk of the minutes, the Knicks must continue to give Quickley playing time. Rumors indicate that the Knicks could eventually move on from Payton, but for now, he’ll remain a Knick and another obstacle blocking Quickley’s minutes.

Despite the Knicks having a deep roster, the Knicks must give their rookies decent playing time. You can’t turn a team into a dynasty without young talent, and they have plenty of young talent. The Knicks aren’t a contending team this season, so they need to make time for their rookies and development.

 

 

Knicks deny Carmelo Anthony a historic moment at home, climb to 6th spot

Carmelo Anthony was one of the league’s brightest stars when the New York Knicks were still relevant.

Anthony returned to The Garden on Saturday as one of the league’s elder statesmen. The Knicks denied him a historic moment while they continue their rise back to relevance.

The Knicks (11-13) climbed to the sixth spot in the East after turning back the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-99, for their second consecutive win.

Needing only 13 points to catch Oscar Robertson in the NBA scoring list at No. 12, the Knicks vaunted defense held Anthony to just a single field goal after exploding for 22 points in Portland’s big win in Philadelphia last Thursday.

Even Portland star Damian Lillard’s return from an abdominal strain couldn’t help the Trail Blazers break down the Knicks’ stingy defense.

Lillard had a game-high 29 points but couldn’t score in the last 3:28 as New York staved off Portland’s late rally.

Elfrid Payton picked up from where he left off in Chicago, while Immanuel Quickley had a timely mini spurt in the fourth quarter.

Payton was a steadying force at the point of attack for the Knicks. He finished with his second straight 20-point performance with 22 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Quickley had 12 points in 13 minutes, including seven in the early moments of the fourth period that restored order after the Blazers got within five.

Julius Randle continued playing at an All-Star level with 22 points, including four clutch free throws that sealed the win.

In one pivotal moment in the third quarter, he barrelled his way against Anthony and buried a jumper over his outstretched arms—a passing of the torch moment.

Anthony was the last Knick to play in the All-Star game. Randle is poised to be the next one.

The current do-it-all Knicks’ forward added 11 rebounds and four assists for his 16th double-double of the season.

Reggie Bullock and Alec Burks combined for six of the Knicks’ 13 triples in a total team effort.

The Knicks will have another acid test tomorrow against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat.

Anthony, who waxed nostalgic and heaped praise on what Tom Thibodeau has done so far for the Knicks, saw first hand what it’s all about.

It starts with defense.

The Knicks held the Trail Blazers to their second-lowest scoring performance this season.

Unlike in their 116-113 loss in Portland, the Knicks didn’t play catchup basketball this time. They were in control for most of the game and played like a playoff team.

It was sweet revenge.

And it came at the expense of Anthony, their former franchise player and the last symbol of Knicks playoff basketball.

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New York Knicks: Star players rave about Immanuel Quickley’s abilities

New York Knicks, Immanuel Quickley

When the New York Knicks drafted Obi Toppin with the eighth overall pick, they expected him to be a more influential factor than he has been during the 2021 season. Toppin is averaging just 4.6 points per game over 12.5 minutes, but 25th overall pick Immanuel Quickley has been looking like the stud the Knicks have been waiting for.

Over the past two games, Quickley scored 50 total points, and in the last performance against the Los Angeles Clippers, he was one of the highest-rated players on the floor. He shot 9-of-16 from the field, logging three rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes. He was a focal point for New York, despite the loss.

It wasn’t until after the game, though, that Quickley received several comments that truly humbled him from the clippers coach and one of their star players.

Clippers coach Ty Lue said Quickley, “showed today he’s a special talent.” The compliments didn’t end there, as All-Star guard Paul George stated the Kentucky product is “fearless” with “crazy” floater abilities.

To receive compliments like that from such esteemed men in the NBA should give Quickley a sense of appreciation for what he’s done in just 21 games during his rookie season.

“It’s crazy honestly. Another one of the best players in our game, so for him to say that about me it’s a humbling experience. I appreciate it,” Quickley said. “But I just want to continue to try to keep getting better, try to help this team get more wins. Appreciate that and best of luck to him.”

The New York Knicks are watching Immanuel blossom at a significant rate:

Quickly seems to have the mentality of a great player, staying after hours to heave up shots and improve his game. Some might say he has the Michael Jordan mentality, which harps on practice and being in the right mindset to be great. He’s also trying to adapt his skill set to great players that are currently in the league, watching their habits and taking the best from each.

“I’m intrigued on just watching the best players and what they do, their habits,” Quickley said. “I ask a lot of questions. I’m just a really curious person. So just watching what he does, wasn’t going to really bother him or nothing, ask him questions. But just seeing how he carries himself, what type of pro he is and just really that. I was just intrigued at seeing the best players at our game and what they do.”

The Knicks landed a good one in the Kentucky star, but nobody expected him to be this productive so early in his career. Head coach Tom Thibodeau might not have a choice but to start him relatively soon, despite his Elfrid Payton preference, based solely on his defensive capabilities.

Knicks put up gallant stand against Clippers

Moral victories don’t count.

But the New York Knicks deserved a point in their rebuilding, earning respect from one of the league’s elite teams.

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett played like true All-Stars while rookie Immanuel Quickley continued his stellar rise.

But when push came to shove, the Los Angeles Clippers’ bona fide All-Stars put the game away to hammer down a 129-115 victory Sunday at the Madison Square Garden.

Kawhi Leonard put the clamps on the red-hot Quickley in the final seven minutes and hit big buckets on the other end as the Clippers earned their 11th win in their last 10 games the hard way.

The Knicks gamely engaged the Clippers in a surprise show of firepower.

It proved to be their undoing.

Entering the game as the league’s no.1 in points allowed (102.7), the Knicks allowed the Clippers to breach the century mark in just three quarters.

Quickley kept them afloat as he put on another electrifying fourth-quarter performance. The rookie guard’s personal 8-0 run brought the Knicks within two, 105-103, with under eight minutes left.

That’s when Leonard said enough is enough.

Leonard, one of the game’s top defenders, limited Quickley to a single free throw the rest of the way. The Clippers quickly restored a double-digit lead, 114-103, with a 9-0 answer behind their All-Stars, Leonard and Paul George.

Leonard finished with 28 points on 15 shots while George added 17 as three more other Clippers scored in double-figure.

The Knicks tried to keep up behind the trio of Randle, Barrett, and Quickley.

Randle continued to push for an All-Star selection finishing with his 14th double-double of the season. He had 12 of his 27 points in the opening quarter, with the Knicks grabbing a 27-20 lead before they settled for a 31-29 count.

The rejuvenated Knicks’ power forward hit 9-of-18 shots, added 12 rebounds and five assists.

Meanwhile, Barrett delivered another strong shooting performance with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and took on the challenge to guard Leonard.

Quickley paid homage to his idol, Lou Williams when he entered the court. Then he proceeded to outplay arguably the best sixth man in the league history.

With his signature floaters and timely three-pointers, Quickley scored 25 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Williams had only nine in 23 minutes.

No other Knick punched in double-digit scoring as New York’s firepower failed to keep up with the Clippers’ elite offense.

The best three-point shooting team in the league, the visiting Clippers went 17-for-38 that kept the Knicks at bay.

The Knicks will have little time to recover when they travel to Chicago. An intriguing Monday night matchup against the Bulls and their rumored trade target Zach LaVine will keep their hands full.

But before playing on back to back, the Knicks deserved a pat on the back for hanging with one of the best.

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