Irving finally pulled away from Quickley for an undisputed finger layering.
In his first NBA career, in Monday’s loss to the Nets, Quickley had a learning experience but was not overwhelmed by the nationwide TV spotlight.
“It was really intense throughout the game, against Kyrie, James Harden,” said Quickley. “They are gifted offensively. It was really cool to get a start against them and it will help me on the road. ”
Regarding that streak where Irving faked him out of his white Knicks shorts, Quickley said, “He’s a great player who is going to play, but I have this growth mindset that will help me. on the road. ”
Quickley scored 21 points but only shot 4 in 12 at 3 points.
With the Knicks decimated at playmaker missing their two best guys at Elfrid Payton (hamstrings) and Derrick Rose (COVID-19 protocols), coach Tom Thibodeau launched Quickley on Frank Ntilikina, who served as Quickley’s replacement and fouled in 16 minutes.
Ntilikina was scoreless for the third game in a row, going 0 in 5 and 0 in 4 over 3s. But Thibodeau credited Ntilikina’s fourth-quarter defense for helping the Knicks return.
Quickley led the attack to an early 18-11 lead after hitting a tough base float over Jeff Green. When Ntilikina came for Quickly, everything fell apart. The Nets got into a 14-2 run and a second unit that suddenly didn’t have a Quickley was burned out.
The Knicks’ radio team of Ed Cohen and Brendan Brown have been sidelined indefinitely because the duo adhere to health and safety protocols, The Post has learned.
Cohen and Brown have been the radio team, heard locally on ESPN Radio, for the past three seasons. Brown, son of Hubie Brown and former Memphis assistant, has been the Knicks’ radio analyst on and off since 2008. Cohen and Brown, in their fourth season together, did not travel with the team during pandemic season but call home. garden games.
John Giannone and John Wallace will replace the radio broadcast crew until further notice.
Austin Rivers, who was banned from the rotation before going on paternity leave, is not expected to return to face his father Doc’s team, the Sixers, on Tuesday. Thibodeau indicated that Rivers’ fiancee is still waiting. The Knicks said he was absent for “personal reasons”.
“It’s hard to say just because with fatherhood, when he has the baby and is ready to come back, he’ll come back,” Thibodeau said. “We give him all the time he needs. ”
Mitchell Robinson (hand surgery) was first seen by media on Monday shooting without a cast. He has been absent for five weeks.
“He’s making progress,” Thibodeau said. “So there is a progression towards that. He is fine. He still has to go through contacts in practice and that sort of thing. But I hope it will be soon. ”