Tommy DeeThe ball found itself in Iman Shumpert’s hands after a great pass from a diving Carmelo Anthony, who (gasp) found Shump wide open in the left corner despite being far closer to the basket than himself. After a perfect catch and make, the Knicks second year wing grinned as he made his home run trot back on defense and it put a stamp on an incredible offensive half.
If you closed your eyes for a second, you’d swore it was November. And if you’re a daily visitor, you know how we feel about the significance of the corner 3 as it relates to offensive success.
For the night Shumpert made three left-corner 3s and the team made seven from both corners for the night. That’s 21 points from a place that, if you can be successful, makes you an incredibly hard team to defend in terms of the total perimeter.
Returning from injury and playing out of position, Shumpert had a great impact offensively and it’s no coincidence that the improved ball movement and rhythm of the offense was why. He’s now shooting over 40% from three point range.
The Knicks are firing on all cylinders right now on both sides of the ball, and it’s pretty fun to watch. They are peaking at the right time as they prepare for the playoff hunt.