Iman Shumpert back in the swing of things

Harris Decker

Iman+Shumpert+Indiana+Pacers+v+New+York+Knicks+6gij3muEMjPxApparently, Iman Shumpert likes Texas. After all, it took a trip to the Lone Star State for the third year guard to get his season going. During the three game trip, he averaged 21 points, scoring more than 20 in two of the three games. Breaking 20 points is something that he had not done since last season.

For Shumpert, it’s all about confidence. When the trade rumors were swirling earlier in the season, Shumpert’s game took a step back that you could see from space. The most recent stretch was especially disturbing. From December 8 through December 28, he averaged just 6 points per game. If the Knicks are to turn this season around, Shumpert will have to continue this type of play.

There are three games in which Shumpert has taken 13+ shots. The last few games aside, Shumpert’s only other game in which he took a large quantity of attempts was on opening night against the Bucks. Since then, he’s taken less than 10 shots per game up until his career night against the Spurs. On opening night, Shumpert scored 16 points and was the impact player we all thought he could be.

Now that it appears he’s back to playing his game, it will be important for Shumpert to keep up the shooting. He needs to shoot in order to be successful and to keep his confidence up. Shumpert’s game is all about confidence. In two of the games on the Texas road trip, he registered 3 steals, the most he’s had since mid-November. As much as we’d like it not to matter, Shumpert’s entire game flows together, and when he’s not hitting shots, his defense suffers.

Shumpert will be important if the Knicks are to make a run this season and the last three games have been huge for him. The trick will be keeping up this type of play this week against a relatively week schedule (the Heat aside).




291 comments
redhorse
redhorse

Man good trade for the bulls....They look like they wanna try to get into the melo sweepstakes or atleast thats whats being said...  This is the type of trade that the knicks will NEVER do smh

Steven Porter
Steven Porter

Im sorry but Im not buying that this team is "back".

Yes, they played well the last three games and its good to get a couple of wins, but take yourself back to a month ago. We beat Brooklyn and Orlando and it was announced then that the Knicks were "back"....that went well...next game out we get spanked by Boston.

Two wins does not make a good team, and while our overall record isnt a true reflection of the talent we have, it also cant be discounted as not mattering because we have now won a couple of games. 

We have lost to some bad teams and at times we have looked like a basketball was a foreign object.

The same problems are still there and no amount of trying to paper over the cracks can hide it.

We still have a flawed roster, and we still have a poor coach...and we still have Dolan.

But hey we won 2 games, NBA please kneel before us and proclaim us champs! Please!


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Take a ride in Biggie's World:

30 games into the season playing very bad basketball and it's wait, this is a very bad sample to prove anything bad about Woody.

3 games later playing decent b-ball and it's proof that Woody hasn't lost the team and better days are ahead. 

I guess that zero after the 3 meant just that! 

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@BiggieSmalls I'm in Naples Florida a large part of the year because I'm retired and Long Island winters are too cold for my battered old body.

PickNY
PickNY

I live in Alaska and stayed after I retired from the military. Got much love for my Knicks!!'

rkj473
rkj473

@Jesus Blas Woodson would ignore this information if it were presented to him.

Chris
Chris

@Jesus Blas You are assuming that AHW can read those stat sheets. DAW is a closet off coach ala Dumphony

fasheezee
fasheezee

@Jesus Blas Dolan said he aint tradin noooobody. Besides Miller's not such a catch.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@zdiddy4nyk Rebounding = energy, effort, anticipation, timing, aggression, positioning. You think Wood is stressing that in practice? Have you seen video of their lazy unorganized lookin practices?

Chris
Chris

@Jerry Gee JG you think this guy is soft? You are really reaching, any guy in the league that is or has to guard him says he is the toughest guy to guard. Go look at some U Tubes it would be enlightening to you. But perhaps you already know that and you are in denial

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jerry Gee I'll tell you what...Melo sometimes loses his composure. He should take a different approach. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb Maybe JR will get his groove back but let him earn it.  He should be benched or have his minutes highly reduced to send a message that the coach will play those that play hard, smart and is mentally into the game.

When he got up in the post game interview and stated that he thought we were down 2 pts, coach should have given him a miniature scoreboard, demanded that he have it with him at all times and be prepared to write the score whenever asked or during every timeout while he sits next to him.

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@Jesus Blas Come on with these stat's, melo has been passing the ball, the other's just weren't making shots! You know this, your better than using those stat's! If melo was passing to ray allen, chris bosh, dwade, battier, he would have far more assists! And vice versa with Lebron!

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

@Jesus BlasAll that's saying is the Miami has a lot better options, and that Melo isn't Lebron James.


Does Melo sometimes force bad shots when he should pass? Absolutely. But the rest of the team is tough to trust and Woodson is very content with ISOs. Regardless, that isn't even what was/is killing the team. It's the defense, coaching lapses, and lack of 2nd option that has hurt the Knicks. Not Melo.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

1. Lebron is given the ball to create.

2. Melo is given the ball to score. 

3. The game plans are completely different. 

4. Lebron is an anomaly. He is a SF that plays like a PG. He has a PG mentality. 

5. I watch a lot of heat games (forgive me...I live in south florida so they're on all the time). Lebron is rarely put in the positions Melo is put in (given the ball with 5 seconds left on the clock repeatedly). His FG% would be a lot lower if that happened with any regularity like the Knicks. The only time I see this happen to Lebron is when Wade is out and/or Bosh is struggling or is also out. 


fasheezee
fasheezee

@Jesus Blas And why? Why so many more assists by Lebron "The King" James? Well let's see.


He doesn't like being the man taking the heat for a loss


He has more talented teammates


He has a superior owner/coach situation who keep the players on their toes and in shape and ready for games


Melo:


Has the heart that Lebron does not have


Has marginal teammates


We won't even discuss the management/coaching situation


Case closed my brother.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jesus BlasLOL Not only that, LBJ makes better decision with that ball and in clutch moments.

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@Jerry Gee @BiggieSmalls I think what he's saying is most of us that love the knicks are from and/or are living in NY. If your not born or living in NY, than stop getting on this site just to spread your hate because it's honestly getting old! 

Steven Porter
Steven Porter

@akamarb But again....this was said last month when we blew out the nets. all of a sudden people were saying we were back, and going to make a run, get into the playoffs and make the finals.

Chris
Chris

@akamarb You think that these guys are playing for him? Ever take a course in body language? These guys can`t stand playing for him, including JR

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarbLMAO!  I knew you would be already living in Biggie's world.  I get ya playa, you need to support your lover or the the juice get turned off.

Chris
Chris

@xmenreturn @Jesus Blas The Knicks always play behind the 3 line, the heat slash giving them better looks and easier outlets. Coaching differences

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@Jerry Gee  I couldn't care less about what you think my friend. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarbLOL Then that means we return back to playing like crap at home!  

You should know our Knicks have always played to the the level of competition which means we play down to lesser teams. 

IF we are so back, why can't we win 2 games in a row?



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarbI'm always hopeful that we will get better but until I see us playing more consistent for the better at home and go on a winning streak other than 1, I'm in the wait and see category.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho Michael Larry Jeremy Lin Johnson Jordan....MLJLJJ

You kiddnin'!!

Kid's an icon, a God!!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jerry Gee @SheSaidSpikeWhoI think Kiyan is talking about Lin sitting out last year's playoffs against OKC because of a bruised chest. Why'd he do that? 


I'm not mad at Lin for sitting out because he was 85% away from the threshold of being allowed to play by the medical staff that cleared him but...wait....no it didn't? Lol. He got his money. Good for him. Wise decision. He would have been exposed. by the Heat once again. Chalmers was licking his chops lol. Everyone needs to get over Lin Jordan, Point God lol.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jesus Blas @VerySilentJay @Kojo Brown Most of the people that compare Melo to Lebron are Melo's detractors. They are two completely different players and I have written an entire post about why they shouldn't even be compared. Yet, when people say Melo doesn't do X, Y, Z, they immediately bring Lebron into it to show that Melo doesn't do it as often as Lebron. It's so weird. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jesus Blas @VerySilentJay @Kojo Brown Everyone talks about rebuilding but have trouble gauging the complexity and length of this process.


1. You won't get nearly enough for any players you're looking to trade, because everyone knows you're rebuilding and, in Melo's case, his contract presents difficulties to accept with his opt out clause.

2. Time, patience, and flawless managerial execution is needed consistently for many years. None of these are characteristics of the Knicks FO.

3. The chances of getting a franchise player after multiple picks are acquired are extremely low. Just ask the bunch of teams that have been tanking for years and still can't find the right combination.

4. Coaching. It takes a special type of coach to embrace a rebuilding project and carry it out successfully. On one hand, you need to establish a team identity, on the other, you need the knowledge to develop, groom, and mentor your young group in order to give them focus and help them grow.


Like I said, it's easy to talk about it. Execution, that's another issue altogether.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jesus Blas @VerySilentJay @Kojo Brown Still, imo, the comparison is out of context and serves a specific agenda.


If you can think of a better player than the Knicks can get, now, by trading Melo, please let us know. That's why I'm not willing to let him walk now. I'd rather wait, know if he wants to walk, and then make the appropriate moves.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jesus Blas @Kojo Brown The comparison is ridiculous in the first place.

The 2 players are nothing alike. This comparison has been there forever since they came out of the draft, when it's completely ridiculous.

They're different type of players in every aspect of the game.


And of course, since it fits the agenda, the comparison is perfect because it's easier bash Melo when compared to LBJ.


fasheezee
fasheezee

@Jesus Blas @Kojo Brown Melo asked for help in scoring in the beginning of the season. Management promised all kinds of shizz. What did he get: Bargs instead of LaMarcus Aldridge and THjr who did not get enough time. What's a guy to do?

fasheezee
fasheezee

@Jesus Blas @Kiyan Carter The refs put them on the line too f-ing much also.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee  Yep that was nice and it was not Melo passing the ball out of last resort either.  

Melo has the talent to do most things on the court but heusually has the mindset not to do it consistently.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWhoYep and he went most of the 2nd half last game without shooting the ball against Houston when he was on fire. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@xmenreturn @SheSaidSpikeWho I can agree with the that. As a team, the Knicks don't recognize the hot hand enough. For example: Shump has been shooting so well yet he only got 5 shots last night. 


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn @SheSaidSpikeWho That's also very much on coaching.

Remember that against Houston, Melo directly deferred to Shump because he was having a great night, he faked, went for the mid range jumper (a very good look), and came up short.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho: LOL 


However, Melo has to be selective in who he trust passing to in key moments.  That is why I always rant about players knowing who has the hot hand. 

The way Shump has been shooting lately, Melo should trust Shump in those games. 

LBJ doesn't throw the ball to the bird man  unless he's wide open under the basket in the clutch.

Not just Melo, but our players will toss the ball to anyone if they decide to pass in the clutch.

First you have to learn when to pass and then who to pass it to.