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).

416 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

Wicksell
Wicksell

His hair is growing back....

Jesus Blas
Jesus Blas

Someone mentioned Andre Miller before - here is an update on him.


Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA

4m

There's a strong belief within league that Denver is working to find a trade package for Andre Miller within the next 24-to-48 hours.

Jesus Blas
Jesus Blas

Dumb Comment Of The Day (in reference to the Knicks rebuilding)


zdiddy4nyk - "Heck no to a total rebuilding.  This is NY...does the Yankees tank so they can rebuild through the draft?"


Different sports, salary caps, amount of players, length of contract rules, different draft setup.


Smart guy.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

This Knicks has been competitive in every game when Melo and either Chandler or KMart is in the starting line up...period!!


Take away any 2 of them and this team is at risk of getting blown out.  As bad as Woody has been for parts of the season, injures as been our biggest problem all year!!  When you take away both Chandler and KMart, it leads to more Amare which equals to less rebounds and worse team defense.


We need to stay with our big line up, because we are a better rebounding team with it.  The games when we rebound poorly with our big line up is because Woody didn't stay big for most of the game.  He started the game big, but played small the majority of the time.


We cannot be a good defensive team, if we are a bad rebounding team!!

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! 

akamarb
akamarb

IN DEFENSE OF JR SMITH


To all those saying, that Timmy should get all of JR's minutes...lets think about this for a second


I have always been and always will be a JR defender - but thats not to say I'm blind, because he has had an AWFUL year so far....but here is the bottom line....Last year when we were at our best and we beat the top teams it was JR who was our 2nd best player after Melo...heck even JR by himself almost beat OK at the Garden without Melo...,JR was incredible last year.....


In order for us to be at our best - JR needs to be at his best....on His A Game , JR is better then Shumpert and light years better then Hardaway. JR has been in the NBA for a decade...and he should be benched for a guy , who although is talented, has been in the nba for 30 games ?


JR will get his groove back - and to all those saying ... to trade him / bench him ect ... you all truly know NOTHING about the knicks or what mill make them successful ( same idiots who dont think Felton is important to us )


Most of you on here have IQ's lower then parrotts 

akamarb
akamarb

when its all said and done....knicks and nets will be 3rd and 4th respectively at the end of the year

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Jerry Gee Shaq complains about getting hit all the time...I guess he was soft by your standard...Stop!!!


If Melo doesn't complain, the refs would ignore even more of hits that he is taking!!!

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?

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Steven Porter We played without starting Chandler and KMart against Boston.  Hence more Amare equals getting blown out!!  Also means we got killed on the boards with a small line up!!

akamarb
akamarb

no one is saying that we will be champs...but considering the fact that we NEVER ever have a winning record on the texas 3 step and the fact that we were one play away from going 3-0 is a sign of good things...thats all we are saying...these are the beginning steps of us coming back

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

@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! 

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Kojo Brown @zdiddy4nyk He should...problem is players like Amare cannot do it.  Amare got box out by Harden on our defensive rebound, hence giving up a offensive rebound to Harden.


We need to have Chandler or Kmart in the game to help our defense and rebounding.

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.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Jerry Gee @zdiddy4nyk Shaq was bigger than everbody on the floor.  Melo is getting foul by guys like Hibbert who are bigger and stronger than him.  It is harder for Melo to score like Shaq with guys hanging on him...period!!

smiggybalz
smiggybalz

as usual,you observation is wrong

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

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

akamarb
akamarb

and we will pass it with flying colors....

akamarb
akamarb

we will now XMEN....WE WILL

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?



akamarb
akamarb

we are back xmen....just like xmen returns 

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.

akamarb
akamarb

all jokes aside...so you DONT think that our season will get better after these games ? these 3 games give u no confidence at all ??

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.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Jerry Gee @zdiddy4nyk He does play with what we have...However, what we have is not a roster than can win like what Lebron and Durant has.

So don't complain when we are not winning like Lebron is...It is not Melo's fault, it is what we have on our roster!!