TORONTO — As if shedding Mitchell Robinson wasn’t sufficient, the Knicks had been with out one other key member of their rotation Sunday evening.
Invaluable reserve Immanuel Quickley missed his first sport of the season with a sore left knee. His standing is unclear shifting ahead. Quickley was a game-time determination.
“Simply normal soreness,” coach Tom Thibodeau stated earlier than the Knicks misplaced for the fourth straight time, 125-116, to the Raptors.
The 6-foot-3 Quickley is having a powerful season, averaging career-highs of 12.5 factors, 4.0 rebounds and 27.4 minutes. He had 11 factors in 36 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Hawks.
Though he’s solely taking pictures 33.2% from 3-point vary, the opposite areas of his sport have improved, significantly on the defensive finish.
Quickley has the highest defensive score (105.9) on the Knicks and his NET score of plus-6.2 is second on the group. Solely Robinson, out for the subsequent month with a fractured proper thumb, is best at 8.0. Quickley is sturdy. He appeared in 78 video games final yr.
Immanuel Quickley missed his first sport of the season Sunday evening, coping with knee soreness.Charles Wenzelberg
Thibodeau caught with a nine-man rotation in Quickley’s absence, utilizing veteran Evan Fournier in his place. Fournier, who final appeared in a sport on Jan. 9 in opposition to the Bucks, scored eight factors in 21 minutes.
“I believed he gave us good minutes,” Thibodeau stated of the veteran. “He’s been within the rotation earlier than. I like the scale [on] the wing. They’re massive. So I believed somewhat extra dimension may assist.”
Obi Toppin lastly produced offensively, scoring in double figures for the primary time since Nov. 13. He scored 12 of his 14 factors within the first half, all on 3-pointers. The 4 triples had been a season-high for the ahead. He solely performed three second-half minutes.
RJ Barrett obtained a heat ovation from the Scotiabank Area crowd in pregame introductions. Barrett is from close by Mississauga, a Toronto suburb. He scored a game-high 30 factors within the loss.