The mood in the New York Knicks’ locker room may have been down following Monday night’s emotional loss to the Boston Celtics, but the Knicks did get a bit of good news Tuesday morning when they found out that injured guard Iman Shumpert has been cleared for full contact.
The second-year guard tweeted that the doctors have cleared him for full contact practices, which is the last step to getting back on the court for games. He worked out for team doctors and officials before Monday night’s game against the Celtics and apparently that went well.
Cleared for full contact by the team Doctors! Let the countdown begin!!! I live for games like last night. See you soon Boston. #post90s
— Iman Shumpert (@I_Am_Iman) January 8, 2013
Shumpert will begin scrimmaging with his teammates and if all goes well, Shump will be back in uniform soon.
That is good news for the Knicks. He may not come back and play like he did before he was injured right off the bat, his presence on the perimeter should help the Knicks’ defense.
Right now the Knicks are 18th in the NBA in points allowed per possession, and are winning games because their offense is good.
That isn’t the recipe for winning in the playoffs.
With Tyson Chandler anchoring the paint and Shumpert doing his thing on the perimeter, the defense has the chance to get much better very soon.
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