But in point guard Derrick Rose’s absence due to a sprained ankle, he became the go-to sniper in the fourth quarter, draining four 3-pointers to hold off the Lakers’ ferocious comeback attempt in a 106-100 victory. “He’s fearless,’’ Julius Randle said. Afterward, Tom Thibodeau said the Knicks’ 2020 first-round pick doesn’t get rattled after a series of misses. All four of his makes Tuesday were punctuated by his trademark skip-down-the-court, even after a couple of those buckets got a fortunate bounce off the rim. “My teammates find me in great spots, my coaches put me in position to be successful and just try to keep my confidence,’’ Quickley said. “Whether the shot is falling or not, you just want to continue to keep shooting, make the right play, continue to defend. They scored like 19 points in the fourth quarter, so that’s what we’re going to do — let our defense lead into our offense and that’s what we did.’’
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Mike Trudell: Update on Avery Bradley: an MRI in Sacramento on Monday night revealed a UCL sprain of right thumb. Bradley will go through further medical testing when the team returns to Los Angeles following Tuesday night’s game.
Rylan Stiles: Mark Daigneault calls Theo Maledon “a better player overall than he was last year.” Says “he will be going back to the Blue, he needs those reps.” Adds “he needs those reps, it’ll come back around to him just like it did for Isaiah last night.”
Rylan Stiles: Ty Jerome says playing the same team you just lost to is a dream scenario because you always “want another crack” at that team. OKC looks to snap their losing skid against Houston on Wednesday.
NBA forward and sneakerhead P.J. Tucker is honoring fashion icon Virgil Abloh with his shoe choice for Monday night’s game … rocking a pair of Off-White Jordan 5s with a special tribute. The Heat baller showed off the kicks prior to taking the court against the Denver Nuggets … which have messages etched in Sharpie — “Thanks for a lifetime of inspiration” and “Virgil will always be here.”