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.
Woodson said Shumpert likely a go with bruised knee but called it “game-time” decision.’
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 13, 2013
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.