World news – Immanuel Quickley makes it difficult to deny his special Knicks potential

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They knew this was going to be a stylish garden evening for point guards when Walt Frazier walked into the arena from the cold of Friday night in his white fur coat that he had bought during the 1973 championship season.

 » When it’s zero, I like to bring the mink out, « said Frazier. « I wear it like Al Capone. »

Hours later, the heat was brought back by Immanuel Quickley, the Knicks’ great rookie point guard, as he tries to continue Frazier’s legacy where so many others have failed before.

After RJ Barrett had dominated the first half, Quickley dealt the Cavaliers a series of knockout punches and swam in the last 12:40 triumph of the Knicks in the comfort triumph of the Knicks with 102: 81 to 19 points.

If Quickley pulls a Portland and the Kentucky product scores 21 points in the fourth quarter, it’ll once again spur social media to persuade Tom Thibodeau to start it over Elfrid Payton (two points).

The The Knicks coach would have liked to talk more about keeping Cleveland at 81 points and 34.5 percent shooting, but received another annoying question about the start from Quickley, who graduated at 25.

« There’s always a thought in everything « said Thibodeau. « Because someone doesn’t start, it doesn’t matter that much to me. There are groups that play well together. And you can always deal with the guys who give you the best chance of winning the game. »

As for Frazier, he said he was impressed with a young protégé who college scouts didn’t consider point guard.

Frazier had an emotional moment before the start when his four-year-old teammate Harthorne Wingo, who joined the He died aged 73, was honored in a mostly empty arena.

Public address speaker Mike Walczewski asked for a moment of silence, calling him the “beloved member of the 73 Championship team and one of the most popular players in the story of Knicks. His unannounced philanthropic actions and circus shots in the square made him a garden fan favorite, and his name, game and smile will be remembered forever stay. « 

There should have been old wing-go calls to follow the moment of silence, but this is the 2020-21 pandemic season with no fans.

Quickley hasn’t been in front of an audience in the garden yet but that will happen one day. The garden would have erupted when Quickley made a swimming motion after falling to the ground after burying a 3-pointer on his stomach.

Back from an eight-day trip west were the Knicks slowly out of the gate, as cold as Frazier before he put his fur on. The Knicks fell 14-3 after seven minutes. Their new All-Star striker Julius Randle didn’t look like the usual 6-foot-8 locomotive He was an intermediary who didn’t score or shoot a shot by the middle of the second half.

Then the curtsey rolled. Barrett was on his way. It was the Barrett show in the first half and the Quickley -Show in the second half.

Barrett used his battering ram style to ripen Long and Cleveland’s guards Darius Garland and Collin Sexton were overwhelmed.

« He plays with a lot of balance and does the right readings, » said Thibodeau of Barrett’s 24-point two-man outing, which saw him reach the free-throw line for seven attempts .

Barrett and Randle body punches demoralized the Cavs before Quickley executed the kill – 3-pointers, pull-ups, floaters in the last 13 minutes.

The Cavaliers closed at 3 in the third quarter before the Knicks got up to spend the night. Randle, who became more assertive, finished the race with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. It’s considered a quiet night in his bust-out season.

« We played together for a year and learned each other’s games, » said Barrett. « The more experience you gain, the more you know their tendencies. »

After the Barrett-Randle barrage, Quickley took over. He interrupted the third quarter with a driving slam and a last second trey. The Knicks bench players were solemnly tapping their heads as they were 72:55 ahead after three minutes.

To start fourth, Quickley got a perfect pick from his overshadowed rookie Obi Toppin for one open 3 to drain. Quickley drilled two more Treys, threw in a pull-up sweater, and delivered a pass for an encore.

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