New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) guards Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14). Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports.

Iman Shumpert 'likely a go' in game time decision

 

Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert is “likely a go” for tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics.  The news is from New York’s head coach Mike Woodson. 

Shumpert hurt his left knee after bumping into Chicago Bulls shooting guard Mike Dunleavy Jr. during the game on Wednesday night.

Shumpert is one of New York’s best defenders, averaging a team-best 1.4 steals per contest.  His potential absence would hurt the Knicks on the defensive end, which they have been doing well this year.  The New York Knicks have the 8th best defense in the league limiting opponents to 97.7 points per game.

Few would have predicted at the beginning of the season the Boston Celtics would have a better record at 10-14 heading into tonight’s matchup.  New York is 6-15, and despite having the second highest scorer in the league, Carmelo Anthony (25.6 ppg), they rank 24th in scoring at 93.8 points per game.

The good news for the Knicks is the Eastern Conference lacks strength, so there is still plenty of time to get the season back on track.  Maybe a game at Boston is all they need.  Game time is 7:30 pm ET.

 

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