Feb 19, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) and New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma (34) battle for a rebound during the first half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle

New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert close to a return

The New York Knicks’ need all of the help they can get.

Although superstar forward Carmelo Anthony has been on an absolute tear as of late, the Knicks continue to lose games and are now just 21-37, 5.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, with two other teams, the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers, also ahead of them.

They have been without a key player, Iman Shumpert for the last four games, all loses.

Shumpert injured his knee in a 98-91 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on February 19.

According to Marc Berman of the New York PostShumpert is close to a return.

“As long as I’m healthy. Basketball is going to be basketball but you have to be healthy to be able to play it. I’m just glad I’m playing basketball without anybody asking me if I’m worried about getting traded now,” Shumpert said.

Shumpert would not set an official return date and said he was going to go “day by day,” but it looks like he could be back next week.

Shumpert is averaging 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season.

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