Iman Shumpert Healing Fast, ‘Game-Time Decision’ Tomorrow

by January 03, 2012

Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert was expected to be sidelined 2-4 weeks after spraining his knee on Opening Day, but Shump has healed ahead of schedule and could return to New York’s lineup for tomorrow night’s contest with the Charlotte Bobcats. Via The Daily News: “Forward Amar’e Stoudemire (left ankle) and rookie guard Iman Shumpert (right knee) both practiced Tuesday and it will be a game-time decision for coach Mike D’Antoni if they will play against the Bobcats. ‘I think both are day-to-day, game-time decisions, but it looks good,’ D‘Antoni said after practice Tuesday afternoon. ‘We’ll see what their reactions are (to practicing Tuesday) and all that, but they feel a lot better.’ Shumpert has missed four games with a sprained knee. He tested it with a hard pre-practice workout at the training facility Tuesday and said he feels ready to play. ‘Earlier I worked out hard, a lot of shooting, a lot of cutting, a lot of jumping, just to see what I could get out of it,’ Shumpert said. ‘Everything felt good, everything felt stable. It’s not 100%, but it will get there.'”