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Iman Shumpert drops Paul Pierce with the crossover (VIDEO)

Apr 15, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT

The rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets took a bit of a rest in the final meeting between the teams on Tuesday, mainly due to the fact that there was almost nothing at stake.

With playoff fates already determined and Carmelo Anthony out for New York, the only thing happening was guys playing for individual pride. And that seemed much more important to the young Knicks players than it was to the aging Nets who will begin the postseason shortly.

Iman Shumpert was among those taking advantage, as he did on this play where he smoothly dropped Paul Pierce with the crossover.

  1. antistratfordian - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    He tripped PP.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      With what? Air?

      • antistratfordian - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        no, with his left foot – it’s pretty clear in the slow mo replay.

      • dannymac17 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        slo mo replay. lel

      • sonnysuave - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        I agree he for tripped. But it doesn’t help that PP is like 40yrs old alrdy…

    • money2long - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      Lol he came on with an agenda to hate

    • kclanton80 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      he tripped and pushed him.

  2. sportsfan18 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Melo sits… Knicks win…

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Ewing Theory.

      • casualcommenter - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:40 AM

        For those who don’t know, the “Ewing Theory” invented by Bill Simmons states that sometimes teams improve after their star player gets injured because it forces other guys to step up and reveals that the star player was a stat stuffer who didn’t actually help his team win.

        Rajon Rondo got injured last year, and the Celtics actually improved in terms of wins/losses as the remaining Celtics (especially Paul Pierce) stepped up in his absence the remainder of the season after a sluggish start to the year. Seems like an Ewing theory example, right?

        Well Simmons, who is normally quick to cite the “Ewing Theory” when other star players got injured, promptly wrote like a 2000 word article trying to explain how the Celtics playing better without Rondo last year did NOT qualify as an example of the Ewing theory because Rondo won a ring back in 2008 as the 4th best member of that Celtics team, therefore proving he was a winner.

        He’s such a homer sometimes it’s funny.

      • pharohislife - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        @casualcommementer Well as ridiculous as Bill Simmons is, if you’re trying to say that the Celtics were better without Rondo last year you simply don’t know basketball.

      • bballhistorian - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        So I guess that theory was derived from the Knicks 1999 Finals run (while Ewing was injured most of that season).

      • bballhistorian - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        If that’s the case, then the Ewing Theory does apply to this game because that’s exactly what Carmelo is…a stat stuffer who at times hold his team back.

      • casualcommenter - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        @pharohislife – I’m saying the Ewing theory is stupid and unfair, and rather than acknowledge that after Rondo’s injury, infamous Boston homer Bill Simmons tried to carve out a lame loophole.

    • money2long - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:13 AM

      Hm I wonder if it’s the first time a team has won without their best player
      Moron

      • alexb1234 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        the knicks have actually been an embarassment in the 12 years since they traded Ewing so that “Ewing Theory” is absolutley stupid….If Simmons is referring to the 2000 finals run by the Knicks that would make it even more stupid – Ewing got hurt in the Eastern Conference Finals!!! Not to mention it took an improbable 4 point play by Larry Johnson for the Knicks (who were the 8th seed) to even hold off the Pacers and get to the Finals where they lost to the Spurs.

        Bill Simmons is an idiot – anybody bashing Ewing as the reason why the Knicks never won a title (and not blaming it on a guy named Michael) really need to notice that Patrick never had any help – only one year in his around 15 years as a Knick was there a second all star on the Knicks (when Starks and Oakley made it) what a Boston homer.

        The same people hating on Ewing are the same people hating on Melo for not winning when its obvious in the NBA you need multiple stars to win titles that’s why LeBron ran to South Beach…

    • cruzan80 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      sportsfan7,

      With that “logic” I bet you also feel like the Bulls should cut Derick Rose too huh genius…..troll.

  3. chris3141084 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    He tripped on Iman’s shoe, not the same. Off balance could have happened anyways but we’ll never know.

  4. casualcommenter - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    I still think Joe Johnson dropping Pierce to the ground last season was more impressive than Shumpert doing it to Pierce this time, but still, nice work by Shumpert.

  5. lakerade - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    What, no wheelchairs in Brooklyn?

    • bballhistorian - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      lol still bitter?

  6. titansbro - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Who cares? Did this result in points? Bball fans are focused on the wrong things.

    • alexb1234 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      yes he scored the basket lol

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      lol. They show him draining the J and everything.

    • bballhistorian - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      go back to football.

  7. remyje - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    loser @$$ knicks getting hype over a crossover… hell with the nets too… they’re both trash just like their whole state :-)

  8. doctordunkenstein - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I guess he could handle the Truth?

  9. bungerman1000 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    It only took a push with his hand and a trip, wow. Amazing catch. PP in his prime would make Chumpert his B@$%$

  10. dablakdrphil - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    That’s like the 3rd person within one week that got crossed and fell to the floor. It started with Iggy last Thursday against the Nuggets. Jordan Farmar did it against Trey Burke in Utah and now this LMAO!!

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