Shumpert is not starting vs. Wizards
January, 6, 2012
By Jared Zwerling
The Knicks' third-leading scorer who's playing off the bench, Iman Shumpert, won't be getting his first start tonight against the Wizards on the road.
On Wednesday, Mike D'Antoni said he may call up the rookie, but after Thursday morning's shootaround at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., the head coach said he was going with his usual starting five.
Shumpert, who's averaging 14.5 points in two games, is only one game removed from returning to action after suffering a sprained right MCL on Christmas Day against the Celtics. He also experienced some cramping Wednesday night against the Bobcats.
Whether or not he starts, Shumpert will get all the minutes his recovering body can handle. The team will need his energy. Let's see if the first unit finally brings it tonight and starts off strong in the nation's capital.