New York Knicks guard, Iman Shumpert, has left the Knicks’ game against the Washington Wizards with what appears to be a sprained right elbow. He suffered it late in the first quarter when, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com,
He appeared to get his arm caught between Washington guard Bradley Beal’s arm as he drove late in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, this was Shumpert’s first start of the preseason. Th team has said that he will not return for the rest of the game, and as of now, there are no tests scheduled for the near future.
Shumpert started the game on the right track,
He had four points, including a left-handed put-back dunk, two assists and two turnovers before leaving.
However, this injury will probably effect his chances of advancing the the starting roster for the Knicks.
The third-year guard’s health is key for the Knicks. He is battling J.R. Smith for the starting shooting guard position.
Smith is currently rehabbing from offseason knee surgery. He hopes to play in the Knicks’ final preseason game.
Keep in mind that Smith still owes a five game suspension to the league for violating the anti-drug policy, which gives Shumpert some extra time to impress the coaching staff, barring any further setbacks from his elbow sprain.