World news – USA – Immanuel Quickley makes an immediate impression on the Knicks lineup

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Immanuel Quickley offered a 12-minute test at the Knicks season opener in Indiana and then left with a hip pointer.

A week and a half later, when the Knicks returned to Indiana, the Rookie Guard was finally back.

Quickley made an immediate impression, finishing on nine points in 15 minutes when the Knicks defeated the Pacers (106-102) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

« A bit of rust, of course, but overall very satisfied, » said coach Tom Thibodeau. « Good energy. You can see he is smart about fouling, which is very important. ”


After impressing last season, he missed four games with the injury sustained in a collision with Myles Turner in December. 23, Quickley showed a knack for marginalizing and pulling fouls along the way, three times in his first nine minutes in the first half. The no. 25-total pick also dumped a 3-pointer.

« He’s going to get his rhythm very quickly, » said Thibodeau. « He’s really talented and smart, and he’s a great worker. I love his attitude, I love his approach. He’ll be a really good player in this league for a long time. ”

Thibodeau recorded his first technical foul as head coach of the Knicks at 5:33 in the third quarter while arguing a foul call against Julius Randle.

« We’re just trying to win, » said Thibodeau. « We try to protect each other, that’s my job to make sure we get a fair share of calls. « .

« Whatever we have to do to win, I don’t like technical fouls and I certainly don’t want anyone to get technical fouls in the fourth quarter. « . These are hard to invent, but usually the specs are pretty low for me. ”

Austin Rivers, who missed his second game of the season after a groin injury, drove to the edge early in the second quarter to get a bucket before falling and stuck his head in the brace. He stayed down for the ensuing possession, but after holding his neck during a break he stayed in the game and finished the game with 15 points.

Veteran security guard Alec Burks (sprained left ankle) has missed his third game in a row and is still on the road but making « good progress, » said Thibodeau.

Although Quickley’s return helped the Knicks at point guard, they were in position with Frank Ntilikina (sprained right knee) and Dennis Smith Jr. . (contaminated left quad) stays outside.

Rookie strikers Obi Toppin (strained right calf) and Omari Spellman (aching right knee) also continued to suffer injuries.

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