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Iman Shumpert has torn ACL, done for playoffs

Apr 28, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

Iman Shumpert AP

Iman Shumpert, the Knicks starting two guard and one of their key perimieter defenders, is done for the playoffs.

He has a torn ACL in his left knee and his lateral meniscus, the team announced, and he will be out 6-8 months. Which sounds about right after you watch the video above — it actually looked worse than the Derrick Rose injury. He went down in the midway through the third quarter and had to be carried off the court.

Shumpert showed a lot of promise in his rookie season, averaging 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists this year. It was his defense that helped win him a starting job. However, like most of the Knicks, he was overwhelmed in Game 1 against the Heat and had no points, one rebound and one assist in 19 minutes before the injury.

This means more Landry Fields for the Knicks, who is a solid and smart player but does not match up with the athleticism the Heat bring.

  1. jerseyfinatic - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Hey Kurt, you should add torn lateral meniscus as well. This is terrible for the rookie. What a season he’s had as a rookie, fan favorite…this is a shame. The torn lateral meniscus may change him as a player…oh god please no. Hope the best for him and really REALLY hope he has a full recovery.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    SMH

  3. tilllman40 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Horrible , hey how about the fake fair weather Miami fans what a joke . Toolbags

  4. deiong - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    adidas took down two players in one day, wow …

  5. rgledz - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    He has a torn ACL in his left knee and in his left meniscus……man, that’s gotta take longer to heal. I didn’t know there was an additional ACL in the meniscus. Beautiful job writing as always Kurt. You are a wordsmith.

  6. florida727 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    After seeing Rose and now Shumpert going down with these career-threatening, or at least career-altering, injuries, I’m afraid of who else might get hurt. The intensity always ratchets up in the playoffs as everyone knows, and the wear and tear of cramming 66 games into something like 130 days is going to manifest itself at this time of the year. I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but it scares me to think this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg, simply because the human body, even that of these elite athletes, simply wasn’t meant to undergo this much stress in this short a timeframe. Here’s hoping both Derrick and Iman can come back and be just as strong as they were before the injuries.

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