Mad at ‘everything,’ Shumpert helps lead Knicks’ to second straight win

Josh Newman

Iman Shumpert is mad. He’s mad at the Knicks’ recent nine-game losing streak and he’s mad at his team getting laughed at it sits near the bottom of the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.

“Everything, you too,” a standoffish Shumpert directed at a reporter who asked him what he was mad at.

That anger the third-year guard is playing with is apparently serving him well. After scoring a season-high 17 points in a blowout win at the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday evening, Shumpert followed it up with 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds in a 121-83 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

The win marks the Knicks’ first two-game winning streak of the season, and just the third time that Shumpert has scored in double-figures in consecutive games this season.

“I don’t like losing, I feel like people were laughing at my teammates, I don’t like it,”Shumpert said. “It feels good to win, but we’ll win by any means necessary.”

Arguably the highlight of Shumpert’s season to this point came late in the third quarter with the Knicks up 14. He received a pass on the right wing, took two dribbles to the hoop, rose and after Jameer Nelson got out of the way, Shumpert dunked on a late-arriving Moe Harkless as the Madison Square Garden crowd went ballistic.

That dunk and the overall steady play on both ends in the last two games has left the Knicks with hope that a longer winning streak and contending in the Atlantic Division are not out of reach. With the win, the Knicks are just 2.5 games out of first-place in the Atlantic, which amazingly has no one above .500.

First-year head coach Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics lead the division at 9-12, one game better in the loss column than the 6-11 Toronto Raptors.

“We’re trying to win every game right now,” Shumpert said. “We know we’ve dug ourselves a hole, but now we’re trying to dig our way out.”




28 comments
hashburry
hashburry

Stay angry, and thirsty my friend.

MOSTHATED1
MOSTHATED1

knicks moving the ball...i must be dreaming

Vee!
Vee!

I can't believe we still want to trade Shump. Ridiculous that every year we hear about this guy getting traded...We're not going to be a lottery team when all is said and done so trading shump is a silly move imo

tw22
tw22

I love Shump. But if Shump helps get the Knicks Rondo, I will forget all about Shump.

starks91
starks91

we looked pretty good tn. 3 key points, 1) Shump is mad and rightfully so (i like it when an athlete shows such honesty) 

2) Pablo needs to play more, he had 6 assists in 14 minutes, and he has more assists for threes then Ray who plays double the minutes 

3) @ReneNYK1 I wouldn't consider myself a hater, but Woodson is not that good of a coach. Towards the beginning of the game Orlando ran a couple of plays for easy shots; we probably only run 12 a game, half when pablo is in. We hit our open shots today, but all that demonstrated was Woodson's desire to move the ball. He needs to start working in some plays, and run an offense. 

hawkeye
hawkeye

Shumpert, while not a star, is a key young piece that the team should be looking to build around, not move in a trade.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

Where are all those Woody haters,his offense game plan looks really bad hugh,like I said we just needed to hit our shots.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Are we always going to have to log in for each thread?

babyface
babyface

Finally Woody seems to be gettin' on the Shump train.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

We get these Knicks every night...We're gonna have a deep playoff run. 


NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

I really like Shump but the watch hat and grill have got to go.

Marie Angely Rosa
Marie Angely Rosa

I'd only trade Shump for Rondo and that's only if I know for a fact Rondo is 100% healthy

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@starks91 @ReneNYK1 I think Prigs isn't getting more minutes because he can't get to the basket to create openings in the perimeter. There's no dribble-drive with him.

That plus his extremely slow release and constant hesitance to shoot obviously makes it harder to play him big minutes. His euro playmaking skills are gonna give great 20 minutes of ball with a nice number of assists, a couple of steals and maybe 1 or 2 FGA (which is not nearly enough).

On the other hand, Shumo, Timmy Jr, and JR can attack and finish around the basket, which you need in an offense based on 3 pt shooting.

tw22
tw22

Shump has great skill at the two, but I have two other guys that can play the two, the one thing I don't have is a point guard. Shump + might be able to get me Rondo and believe me when you see Rondo play among what we have right now you will forget Shump was even drafted a Knick.

MOSTHATED1
MOSTHATED1

its not even what woody did its what the team did...secondly all you have to do to beat the knicks is put a decent defender on mello and let mello take 100shots..lock everyone else down...put pressure on prig and he wont get assists ....just saying

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Difference has been the passing these last two games. Especially Melo not forcing anything. I hope it continues.

21shumpst
21shumpst

@knickleby I hope so but were going to have serious problems with  with talented pg's or teams that will take away our 3's(Chicago,Miami,Pacers). How will we create offense then? We need a penetrating pg that will put pressure on the defense & open up lanes for our shooters. We need to somehow miraculously find that pg thru trade or D leauge. Also when is Jeremy Tyler coming back im tired of seeing Cole Aldirch miss easy passes/putbacks near the rim!(I know he's the end of bench guy but i want competent players at this level) LOL

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@BiggieSmalls @akamarb There's no way to trade Amare. Possibly the biggest albatross in history.

You'd probably have to include Shumpert + picks for teams to be attracted.

Until its expiring year, that contract only kills us.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Agree, and sure you meant 100%.   Who knows what Rondo will be.  I have to see him back first.  Also, if he is indeed being recruited and Rondo wants to come to NY, just wait it out.  At least you will know what you are getting.

MOSTHATED1
MOSTHATED1

yes i think someone talked to him about it cause its a total turnaround

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@BiggieSmalls @VerySilentJay Taking back contracts similar to Amare's.

I don't want any more awful contracts on this team. I'll stick with Amare and get some decent return on its expiring year.

Unless Amare somehow manages to gain some value, we'll stick with him.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@akamarb @VerySilentJay I wonder how many times you've read the proposed trade, because every time the trade has been sugested, Shumpert was the piece to make the numbers match, with Chandler being the main piece to attract Ainge's attention.

That's why everyone keeps saying, if it means getting Rondo, I'd include Shumpert in the trade package.

ShumpCanJump
ShumpCanJump

@akamarb No one is saying he is comparable to rondo at this juncture in their careers, even coming back from injury rondo is the kind of difference maker this team needs. I would do anything to get rondo on this team, even if it meant moving shump but I would prefer a rondo shump back court with THjr off the bench.