Do the right thing, Mike, start Shumpert

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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.

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Do the right thing, Mike, start Shumpert