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Knicks waiting for an orthopedic surgeon to fly in and diagnose Iman Shumpert’s knee

May 14, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

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Trailing the Pacers 2-1 in their second-round series, the Knicks need all the good news they can get. This is not it. Tina Cervasio of MSG Network:

If Shumpert can’t play tonight, who starts in his place?

Shumpert started the final 45 games of the regular season and every playoff game after returning from surgery to the same knee. Before that, Ronnie Brewer started, but he has since been traded to the Thunder.

Chris Copeland started New York’s first game of the postseason when Pablo Prigioni was out with a sprained ankle, but Copeland played just the final minute of Game 3 against the Pacers and had three DNP-CDs against the Pacers.

J.R. Smith has played the Knicks’ third-most minutes per game in the playoffs, but he hasn’t started a game all season. Mike Woodson clearly prefers to bring the Sixth Man of the Year off the bench.

Quentin Richardson is also on the roster.

Woodson is such a mad scientist with his starting lineups, nearly any solution is possible. Because Carmelo Anthony can play small forward rather than power forward, maybe the Knicks insert a big man like Kenyon Martin or Amar’e Stoudemire into the starting lineup to counter the Pacers’ size. Stoudemire still has a 15-minute limit, and the way Woodson uses his starters, starting could be a good role for Stoudemire.

Of course, the player that would pick up Shumpert’s minutes is much more important than who starts, though both are related. Smith would be a leading candidate to carry a bigger load, and on that front, the Knicks got some good news:

Well, it’s good news if Smith lifts his playoff field-goal percentage above 34 and playoff 3-point percentage above 28.

  1. supremekingz - May 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    D-Rose/Shumpert knee injury correlation in 3…2…1….

    • gostlcards5 - May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Why wouldn’t there be? Everyone had no problem making the comparison when Shumpert was playing (and doing well) while DRose was not.

      I really hope this dude is OK. First, he has that cool, tall-ass flat-top. Second, the guy’s a player. I would hate to see him have to sit a long time, or have surgery again, for coming back too early.

  2. iamhoraceknight - May 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I will do it for you…. That’s why you can’t rush back from knee injuries.

  3. askyeshua - May 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    This is another reason why Ricky Rubio should have never have rushed back!!

  4. fugetaboutit - May 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    To all those who blasted Rose…nuff said

  5. waynegretsky77 - May 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    chris bosh is overrated. he gets media hype an all star because he playes with two superstars.he made all star game because of popularity. May i remind u he only toook toronto to two playoff appearances, never had home court, never one a playoff series before joining superteam. he lost ot weak azz nets lol as i remember in 2007.

    • supremekingz - May 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Dude, what are you talking about? Chris Bosh isn’t anywhere in this story. READ

    • deeballer - May 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      What does that say about Carmelo? Oh, BTW, what are you smoking? I need to get some of that.

    • askyeshua - May 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Oh dear, hate Chris Bosh much? May I recommend a group for you, the CBA – Chris Bosh Anonymous 😉

  6. anhdazman - May 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Rose is texting Shumpert….”I told you so!”

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - May 14, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Has nothing to do with him “rushing back.” He was fine, but he’s taken a few shots on that knee (including a three-game stretch near the end of the regular season where it got banged in each of those games). That, and the wear and tear of the playoffs has more to do with the inflammation than anything else. He was 100% cleared, was on a minutes restriction until the last two weeks of the regular season, and has largely remained in that area (although he’s had a few games of over 35 minutes, which is probably just as much the reason).

    No correlation between Shump and Rose.

  8. jbeagles23 - May 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Every knee injury doesn’t always relate to rose. If rose was a leader he’s be back

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