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    WASHINGTON — Iman Shumpert is slowly earning his way into the Knicks’ starting lineup and a promotion could happen sooner than later. It just didn’t happen on Friday until the second half.

    Shumpert replaced Toney Douglas at point guard in the third quarter and played a significant role in the Knicks’ 99-96 victory over the Wizards. The first-round pick out of Georgia Tech had seven assists, six points and four steals in the second half, and there is a possibility that Shumpert will start on Saturday in Detroit.

    Mike D’Antoni says he’ll consider a change after Douglas played just 12 minutes on Friday and missed all five of his shots.



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    is that because...

    A. he has no confidence

    B. 'Antoni ruined him by allowing him to shoot first and think later


    ...I'VE SEEN BOTH IN THE PAST WITH MANY PLAYERS.

    and notice the only time a player's confidence increases under 'Antoni, is on the offensive end, not defense or both.

    Shoot! N!gga shoot! smh.

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    I-MAN: Shumpert looked a bit out of sync offensively in the first half, even shooting an airball from dowtown. But that didn't matter in only his third game of his NBA career. The Knicks needed to put a stop to Wall, who scored 10 points in the first quarter, mostly in transition. Shumpert did such a good job disrupting Wall on the ball that the rookie started over Toney Douglas to begin the third quarter. Not only did Shumpert finish with a game-high five steals, he had a team-high seven assists and 10 points. I think it's safe to say Douglas, who started the game but only played two minutes in the second half, may have seen his last pre-game player introduction.
    too obvious.

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    WASHINGTON — This is an easy move, one that Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni should have made last night but did not pull the trigger on until the second half.
    Start young Iman Shumpert at guard. Don’t outthink yourself, coach. Do the right thing.


    Basketball can be so simple if you let it be. Energy and hustle go a long way in the NBA and never more so than in this schedule-squeezed season when it is every team for itself as the injuries mount.
    D’Antoni talked about starting Shumpert but went with Toney Douglas at the point and nearly paid the awful price to an awful team as the Knicks found themselves down by 16 in the second quarter to the winless Wizards. With Shumpert helping in so many ways, the Knicks managed to cut the lead to 47-46 by the end of the first half.


    In the second half, D’Antoni started Shumpert at the point as the Knicks built a nine-point lead and managed to hang on for the 99-96 victory at the Verizon Center as Carmelo Anthony poured in 37 points, including a clutch late 3-pointer, and came up limping at the end with a sore back and groin.
    Shumpert’s unselfish play made a huge difference. He led the Knicks with seven assists and five steals while scoring 10 points. D’Antoni needs to keep it simple to keep his job. The five Knicks starters managed to combine for just five steals.

    Let Anthony chuck, let Shumpert, the rookie out of Georgia Tech, play the role of the Energizer bunny and let the Broadway Bigs do their thing. That’s who these Knicks are. Don’t try to make them something they are not. They are not the Phoenix Suns. Work with what you have.
    “I thought he played great,’’ D’Antoni said of Shumpert, who worked overtime to try to keep John Wall under control. “He turned it around, actually.’’
    Yes, he did. It’s not just the energy Shumpert brings. He brings a sense of calmness to the team. This is what he said about the importance of the win: “I think it was a breath of fresh air for everybody. I think everybody was a little tightened up.’’

    As for running the offense he said, “I’m always pretty comfortable. ... It don’t matter if I come off the bench, if I start, it doesn’t really matter. When everybody comes in they got to do their job.’’
    He did all this with Paul Hewitt, the former coach at Georgia Tech looking on. Before the game, D’Antoni was asked why he did not put Shumpert in the starting lineup.
    “I thought about changing the lineup, I didn’t say I was going to start him,” he said. “Who knows? We haven’t played enough games to really get a good sample of what’s best for us right now.’’
    Really? By the second half all that was out the window. Nevertheless, D’Antoni left himself some wiggle room for tonight’s game against the Pistons at Auburn Hills.

    Asked if Shumpert would start, he said, “Maybe. I still want to think about it. We don’t want to lose Toney, but we’ll do what we have to do.’’
    D’Antoni must start Shumpert. It’s the easy and right thing to do. In this short season, quick decisions are needed.
    Defense is about instilling your will on the opponent. Shumpert is active. There is a line in the Knicks media guide about Shumpert that I love: “Plays with the mentality that it is embarrassing to be scored upon, which was instilled in him at a young age when playing with his three brothers.’’
    You never want your brothers to get the best of you, even if they are bigger and stronger. You play harder to get the best of them. That’s what Shumpert brings to the court. The Knicks could use a little less Broadway glitz and a little more back-alley toughness.

    Make the change and start Shumpert. This season is much too short to just let things play out.
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    I think it would be a great relief for Toney to come off the bench. Everyone on this board knows he doesn't feel comfortable with where he's at the moment. Or eventually make him our starting shooting guard and let Fields playing backup for Carmelo... C'mon coach, just think outside the box, you played Bibby at #2 last night and he made some great shots...

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    Starting Douglas at PG is like playing Fields as center. No matter how many times you try to get him going at a position, it mostly never works. There are guys, such as Nate, who while not being your ideal PG, has enough PG abilities that makes him a fine starting PG if there aren't better options. Douglas is a PURE SG. Let him do his thing. He's not that athletic, doesn't have great handles, doesn't have good court vision at all it seems, so let the man be a SG. This is a dude who has kicked team's ass with his scoring, don't give him a mentality that he should be doing anything else on offense.

    Toney should not be getting singled out by fans. Booing only him? Come on. Toney gives great effort, it's not his fault our coach is an idiot.

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    SHUMPERT TO START.

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    Imax is a beast.
    Kemba Walker
    *had long been established as one of the nation's elite youngsters before stepping onto the Madison Square Garden floor in March, returning to the court he had graced countless times in his journey from the New York prep and AAU leagues to the college All-American point guard he had become.
    But one five-day trip to the House That Reed, Frazier, et al. Built would build the image of Kemba Walker that persists today. The one you've seen quickly zigzagging through the lane like a swatted-at fly. The one barreling into bigs with the recklessness of a kamikaze pilot. The one creating highlights that don't need video or audio.
    Ben Gordon
    , the heralded, championship-winning UConn guard almost a decade before the new model erased most of his warm-and-fuzzy memories, was sometimes referred to as Madison Square Gordon throughout his three seasons in Storrs, Conn. Not necessarily for the then-record 81 points the Mount Vernon, N.Y., native scored at MSG to lift the Huskies to the 2004 Big East Tournament title, but mostly because, well, it sounded cool.
    By almost singlehandedly leading his Huskies to five victories in five days in last season's conference tournament in the precursor to one of the most surprising postseason runs in college hoops history, Kemba officially became Kemba. No last name needed. (If it ever was.)
    In the second return trip to the Garden in Walker's short stint as a pro after being selected No. 9 overall by the Charlotte Bobcats back in June, you could see the same flashes of basketball grandeur -- the step-back jumper, the fearlessness charging toward the rim, the wide smile and bravado-infused head-bob on the way back to the bench.
    Only, they weren't coming from Walker. They were the work of another rookie, one who has no need for a career-defining moniker. He already has one he's picked out for himself, one that he uses for third-person outbursts.
    In his first time stepping in front of the MSG home crowd as a starter,Iman Shumpert
    *-- "Shump" or "Shump-Shump" as he's now referred to thanks to*one wonderfully placed MSG mic
    *in a preseason practice session -- proved his ability to step into (one of) the void(s) that years of roster-razing has created in order to construct the New York Knicks' star-studded trio of*Carmelo Anthony
    ,*Amare Stoudemire
    *and*Tyson Chandler
    . After a rocky start that saw him tank two of New York's first three possessions (first by sailing a cross-court pass well over Landry Fields' pointy coif and into the stands, then clanking a long-2 on the next), Shumpert quickly rebounded, helping to start and finish alley-oops in the Knicks' first-half lob-fest, slashing through the lane and creating transition opportunities, and using the long-reach grabbers attached to his shoulders to get his hands in the passing lanes and bother ballhandlers.
    Shumpert's first major Madison Square Garden moment certainly won't linger in the stadium as some magic feat of basketball brilliance. But with 16 points (on 7-for-13 shooting), six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 35 minutes of the Knicks' 91-87 squeaker against the Bobcats, Shumpert, a player fueled by tamed ****iness, showed that he could at least be a valuable contributor. Which, given the recent history of New York basketball, might as well be a miracle.
    After years of reshaping the roster and trying all sorts of stopgap solutions in order to remove the stench still stuck in the carpets from the Isiah Thomas era, the Knicks now have their "big three." But unlike the Model-A down in South Beach, which, in its first season, could overcome the Land of Misfit Veterans the rest of the roster had become by relying heavily on its All-Star trio, the Knicks' strewn-together version has yet to show that it can reach similar heights without some surrounding help.
    Four losses against a rather soft season-opening schedule serve as pretty damning proof, and Monday's matchup with Charlotte almost became Exhibit E.
    After erasing a 10-0 deficit that brought the boo-birds back out, the Knicks were able to put out the fire with a 9-2 run in response and eventually ride Melo's new interest in sharing (six assists, two days after dropping seven dimes in Detroit) and Amare's usual scoring prowess (25 points) -- in spite of his usual disinterest in sharing (zero assists) -- to a nine-point lead midway through the second quarter.
    But instead of turning one of Chandler's best offensive performances as a Knick (20 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, three blocks) into a third straight victory that might have quelled some early concerns, a ghastly 13-for-43 combine shooting from Melo and Amare only added a little more kerosene.
    No, New York. No matter how many "M-V-P" chants you rain down upon him, Shumpert likely isn't the cure-all point guard, the lost key excavated from the late first round that will turn the juice on in Mike D'Antoni's sacred high-tempo offense. In fact, once*Baron Davis
    returns from a herniated, um, back, and takes his stab at trying to unstick the team's ball movement, Shumpert more than likely will slide over to off-guard. (Given the way the Knicks' offense tends to roll, though, it likely won't matter much; Shumpert and Melo tooks turns as offensive initiators in the early going, and although the rookie kept the ball moving when he could, you could often find him standing in the corner watching the Iso Show unfold.)
    But Shumpert should remain a valuable piece moving forward, particularly on the defensive end, where he made a noticeable impact for a Knicks team that is slowly climbing its way up to also-ran status in the*defensive efficiency rankings
    . While Shump isn't the sole reason New York limited its opponent to under 90 points for a second time in two games after 28 games without doing so, the Knicks struggled some to fill his void in crunch time with his long limbs and 6-foot-5 frame once again sidelined by leg cramps. After a still-injured*Toney Douglas
    *couldn't cut it, D'Antoni had to throw*Bill Walker
    *onto the floor, leaving what's left of the Landry Fields we once thought we knew and kind of liked to guard*D.J. Augustin
    *... which of course led to Fields -- for some reason, unbeknownst to all of mankind -- doublingBoris Diaw
    *10 feet from the 3-point arc in the waning seconds, giving Augustin a clear look at a game-tying 3.
    Moments like those used to be tailor-made for Walker when he was with the Huskies, whose late-game diagraming was a mere formality. But despite scoring the Bobcats' first six fourth-quarter points to cut the deficit to three, the only chance the rookie point guard would get to touch the ball on the Cats' final possession would be to push it up the court.
    All told, it was another Hyde performance in the college star's inconsistent first season, one in which his most significant contribution thus far has been as a symbol of hope (or entertainment, even) for a franchise in need of a face now that the 24-year-old Augustin has seemingly run out of promise rope and the roster has ejected all recognizable personalities. Clumsily operating the pick-and-roll and struggling to finish among the much thicker redwoods at the rim, Walker, who received a warm welcome from his hometown crowd, finished with 10 points on 2-for-9 shooting and with more turnovers (four) than assists (three).
    At one point in the second half, Walker was able to shimmy his way past Josh Harrellson on the switch and leave him in the dust like he's done to hundreds of*Gary McGhees in the past
    . Only, the clean look he got at a leaner clanked off the iron.
    There were faint resemblances to the Walker that once dominated on this court. The same sharp cuts and on-the-dime changes of direction are still there. The free-throw attempts, when they do come, come in bunches (seven Monday). The same been-there-done-that confidence still pours out of him, even after bungling set after set.
    You just have to dig through the misfires to appreciate them. That is, when you weren't admiring the play of the rookie on the other end.
    On a night when Shumpert looked like a player the Knicks desperately need, Kemba looked nothing like Kemba."
    THANKS DONNIE!

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    The best thing for the team is having Shumpert start at PG. He can score, defend and see the floor. Fields starting at SG is working for now..

    However, when Baron Davis returns things will change...

    PG-Baron Davis
    SG- Iman Shumpert
    SF-Carmelo Anthony
    PF-Amare Stoudemire
    C-Tyson Chandler

    NOW THAT'S A SOLID 5!!!

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    The reason why you signed up here was to actually connect and share your thoughts with the rest of the posters or just to promote "the new knicks blog" you keep linking to from every post you make? I'm asking this because none of the others who tried to do the same with their sites/blogs didn't had a nice welcome..

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