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Knicks Smith, Martin, Shumpert all skip practice on off day Monday

May 13, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

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This news is not ideal, but Knicks fans should be a lot more worried if Tuesday after shootaround we are reporting the same thing.

It was a light practice for the Knicks Monday as J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin and Iman Shumpert all skipped practice due to injury or illness, the team announced.

Expect all of them to play on Tuesday night in what is a virtual must-win Game 4 for the Knicks, who trail the Pacers 2-1 in the series.

J.R. Smith has been battling a virus for a couple days now. It clearly was one of the things slowing him on Saturday when he was 4-of-12 shooting in the Knicks loss. He is expected to play Tuesday, the question is now much energy he will have?

Martin also is trying to fight off a bug, but you can expect him to play through it Tuesday. But the question, as with Smith, is energy — he has to play well against the big front line of the Pacers.

Shumpert is having pain in his left knee and that is more troubling for a couple reasons. One, the Knicks need his defense and athleticism on the wing to continue to slow George Hill, Paul George and the Pacers offense (such as it is). Secondly, the left knee is the one that had the ACL tear, the one that had surgery from which he returned this season. Not to say the two are related, but it’s the same knee and that’s always a concern.

  1. gostlcards5 - May 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    HHHHMMMM….now how about all of those Derrick Rose comparisons, people? Shumpert’s having pain in his knee, and Rose “has no heart” because he is not coming back….

    Please note, as a Pacers fan, I do hope Shumpert is OK, and has not reinjured the ACL. That rebound dunk he made in Game 2 was phenomenal. The guy is a heck of an athlete.

    • jolink653 - May 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Shumpert has been playing on his knee for roughly two months now and hasn’t had a problem until now, and it’s not necessarily a re-injury of the ACL

      Everyone is getting on Derrick Rose because the Bulls have put the ball in his court and said that he’s cleared to play, so it’s making it seem like he just doesn’t want to come back yet instead of he’s still not healthy enough to go

    • fanofevilempire - May 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      is Derrick Rose playing in the knickerbockers/ pacers series?

  2. dexterismyhero - May 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Probably hangovers!!!!

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