Jan 10, 2012, 10:19 AM EST
Knicks fans are not wrong to hope — their team’s backcourt play has been bad enough that the enigmatic Davis and rookie Shumpert provide the best hope. It’s just that, well, it’s the enigmatic Davis and a rookie who keeps cramping up that are the saviors of this season.
Davis is still on track to be back about the end of January, Mike D’Antoni told the local media Monday. His exact words were, “The end of January more or less,” reports Adam Zagoria. Davis has a bulging disc in his back. That’s disc, not anything else.
With the Clippers, in addition to being injury prone Davis was inconsistent and unfocused on the court. There were games or parts of games when he was brilliant. There were games when he seemed to go through the motions, take pull-up threes early in the shot clock and generally take the team out of its rhythm. He talked a better game after the trade to Cleveland and seemed to be a real leader there and played well. He seems more focused now. But the history concerns me.
Shumpert has been good as a rookie, providing some athleticism, scoring and he assists on about one-in-five Knicks’ baskets when he is on the floor. There’s a lot to like, but rookies still make rookie mistakes.
There is reason for hope with them, but that hope is on hold for a few more weeks.
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