Off the bench, Quickley scored 31 of 9 of 18 points, including 5 of 8 from long range while making all eight free throws in just 24 minutes. Quickley’s offensive performance in just his 14th NBA game caught the attention of media and fans, but it caught Thibodeau’s eyes on both sides.
“He is impressive and, once again, I think his shot is a huge asset to our team,” said Thibodeau. “This is something we needed, it is to turn, and it will open the field for us. But his all-round game improves with each outing. He puts pressure on people. And on the defensive, he is learning. And as time goes by, he will always improve more. “