Iman Shumpert Skies for a Monster Putback Dunk (VIDEO)

by May 08, 2013

Curling in after Chris Copeland’s missed three-pointer in Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, Iman Shumpert leapt towards the heavens and brought down a spectacular putback jam. Per the NY Daily News: “Yeah, I think I was trying to make a statement,’ Shumpert said of his latest highlight-reel play in these playoffs. ‘That was the most perfect miss I’ve had in a long time, it just came off (the rim) so perfect. It was beautiful. I just wanted to win this game real bad. I knew we needed this game.’ With 8:23 left in the second quarter, the second-year swingman snared a rebound of Chris Copeland’s missed three-pointer while leaping through the lane and flushed an emphatic righty dunk to give the Knicks a 37-26 lead. ‘Shump’s dunk was unbelievable, incredible,’ Carmelo Anthony said. ‘Nobody saw that coming from him. It got the crowd going, got us going and our energy picked up after that.’ Shumpert, who finished with 15 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes, has regularly shown throughout the playoffs that the explosiveness — ‘his pop,’ as Mike Woodson called it — that slowly came back following last spring’s ACL surgery has now fully returned. The Knicks’ 2011 first-round pick also made an athletic steal and a coast-to-coast layup to help seal the Knicks’ Game 6 clincher in the first round against Boston. ‘If it wasn’t for you guys, I’d have forgot I tore my ACL, really, as far as when I play, and I don’t really think about it much unless I see my scar,’ Shumpert said. ‘Right now, it’s just all about winning games and advancing in the playoffs. I’ve been waiting my whole life to play in the playoffs.'”