Quickley dropped a career-high 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three assists, two rebounds and one steal over 22 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 116-109 loss to the Nets. This breakout game was a welcome sight, as he'd only scored 10 points on 2-of-24 shooting over his last four contests. Quickley played the second-most minutes off the Knicks' bench Wednesday -- trailing only Kevin Knox, who had a good game himself.
Quickley played 29 minutes and submitted three points (1-10 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and three assists Monday in the Knicks' 109-88 loss to the Hornets. The blowout nature of the game along with three guards (Reggie Bullock, Alec Burks and Frank Ntilikina) sitting out with injuries opened up some extra run for Quickley, but he was unable to capitalize. Though he looked like a candidate to eat into Elfrid Payton's playing time after he put up 16 points in 19 minutes off the bench in a Jan. 4 win over the Hawks, Quickley's horrid shooting in the games that followed have dimmed his outlook. In his last four outings, the rookie has converted on only two of his 24 shot attempts (8.3 percent). He could find himself out of the rotation once the Knicks get healthier in the backcourt.
Quickley put up 16 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 19 minutes off the bench Monday in the Knicks' 113-108 win over the Hawks. After checking into the contest with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter, Quickley played 15 consecutive minutes while helping the Knicks claw back from an 11-point deficit before heading back to the bench with 42 seconds remaining. The Knicks' decision to play Quickley over veteran Elfrid Payton for much of that stretch speaks to the goodwill the 21-year-old has already established with head coach Tom Thibodeau, who has historically been reluctant to trust rookies with major roles. Thibodeau didn't suggest after the game that Quickley's strong outing would earn him a major uptick in minutes moving forward, but the No. 25 overall pick is at least worth keeping on a watchlist, especially if the 4-3 Knicks' season starts to go sideways.
Quickley (hip) finished with nine points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists and one rebound across 15 minutes off the bench Saturday in the Knicks' 106-102 win over the Pacers. Suiting up for the first time after missing four straight games due to a left hip pointer, Quickley was hot from the field in his first shift off the bench Saturday, but his production slowed thereafter. Meanwhile, starting point guard Elfrid Payton turned in a stellar line (19 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes), which should give him some extra job security as he looks to hold off the first-round pick for playing time. Quickley turned some heads with his play in the preseason, but a 15-minute role may be the norm for him unless Payton's productivity takes a turn for the worse.
Quickley (hip) is active for Saturday's game against the Pacers. Quickley's return comes as little surprise after he was upgraded to probable while dealing with a sore left hip. He should serve in a depth role and won't have any limitations in his return, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
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