Shumpert return goes according to plan
Iman Shumpert’s return to the Knicks’ starting lineup wasn’t exactly earth-shattering, but it was a success.
Shumpert played — and started — for the first time since tearing the ACL?in his left knee in Game 1 of last year’s playoff series against the Heat. He scored eight points on 3-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes.
“I thought he answered the bell loud and clear,” said head coach Mike Woodson of Shumpert.
The game was a ho-hum affair from the first quarter. The Knicks ran out to a 29-17 lead on the Pistons after one and were never threatened. The final score was 102-87, as New York improved to 25-13.
Shumpert was part of the initial burst against the Pistons, nailing a 3-pointer to make the score 16-2 in favor of New York.
Carmelo Anthony got a chance to return to the arena he won a gold medal in this summer, with 26 points to lead all scorers. His fellow Olympic teammate Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Shumpert will have plenty of time to recuperate from his first game action. Due to the travel back from England, the Knicks won’t play another game until Monday against the Nets.
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