Shumpert Thrives as Rose Continues to Sit (UPDATED)

NEW YORK — While the basketball world waits to see if Derrick Rose will suit up for Game 3 against the Miami Heat, much of the talk across NBA circles today revolves around Iman Shumpert’s vicious one-handed putback dunk that made No. 1 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.

Rose and Shumpert tore their ACLs on the same day a year ago, April 28, 2012, yet while Rose has yet to play this season, Shumpert made a jaw-dropping play with a one-handed putback jam of Chris Copeland’s missed 3-pointer in the first half of the Knicks’ 105-79 rout of the Indiana Pacers in Game 2.

“I think I was trying to make a statement,” said Shumpert, who finished with 15 points and six rebounds in the win. “That was the most perfect miss. It came off so perfect. It was beautiful. I wanted to win this game so bad. I know we need this game.”

Shumpert’s dunk awed the crowd, but it didn’t actually spur the Knicks on.

Instead, the game-changing 30-2 run came in the second half and was fueled by Carmelo Anthony (32 points) and Pablo Prigioni (10).

“Shump’s dunk was unbelievable, incredible,” Anthony said after scoring 22 points in the second half. “Got us going, got the crowd going. Our energy picked up after that.”

As for Rose, Shumpert defended him while on The Michael Kay Show on Wednesday.

“Derrick Rose has something totally different on his shoulders,” Shumpert said.

“If he feels like he can’t carry the load then he has to make that decision on his own.”

While much has been made of the fact that Shumpert and Rose injured their knees on the same day, Shumpert said he feels so good now that he doesn’t even think about the injury he sustained in Game 1 a year ago against the Miami Heat.

“If it wasn’t for you guys [the media], I forgot I tore my ACL,” Shumpert said.

“I don’t really think about it much unless I see my scar. Right now it is all about winning games. I have been waiting my whole life to play  in the playoffs. I am living in the moment right now.”

Shumpert went 7-for-11 from the field and 1-for-3 from the arc. He said the ACL injury actually helped him improve his jump shot because while he was rehabbing he was unable to jump and could only shoot jumpers.

“I guess I have to credit tearing my ACL to being able to knock down corner 3’s,” Shumpert said.

Along with his improved jumper, Shumpert seems to have regained the athleticism he had during the early portion of his rookie season. He brings an element to the Knicks’ backcourt that Jason Kidd, 40, and Pablo Prigioni, 35, cannot.

“He’s getting better,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “It’s amazing. He’s come a long way, man. That’s a tough injury to bounce back from. He’s got a lot of pope now. He’s moving laterally and he’s jumping well and he’s shooting the ball.

“He’s doing all the things that we thought he could do. I just can’t help but think that he’s going to continue to grow and get better.”

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21 comments
Robert Epperly
Robert Epperly

You experts continue to forget a very important stat about Mauldin, 11 QUARTERBACK HITS ! Only either Fowler or Ray had more. All the other top edge people had very few. So combine 6.5 sacks with 11 hits and he hit the QB 17.5 times. Gotta like it.

tsjc68
tsjc68

Good number choice.  Keyshawn approves.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Well, duh. He's a NFL player now, even smiles cost you. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent

"Can you believe what a #$#%^& Brady is?"

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

"Man, if we had played for Rex, we would each have two Super Bowls!

Just ask him, he'll tell ya."

WW85
WW85

Anyone else bummed we didn't take Collins in the 3rd?  You got to respect Jerry Jones risk taking.

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 I endorsed taking him as high as the 2nd round, but don't play the hindsight game. 


Jones didn't really take a risk, either. He signed a guy as an UDFA, which as risk-free as it gets. 

WW85
WW85

@Brendan Yeah. Well   When you're the Jets, you should be taking some risks like this to change the dynamic. Jones; I was referring to the way they got 3 1st rounders overall

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 Jones took a risk with Gregory, that I'd agree with. 


Jones also signed Greg Hardy to a huge deal and had him immediately get suspended. We'll see how it works, but he at least has focused on building out the trenches (which, to be fair, so has Macc). 


I loved Collins as a prospect (I know you've been firewalled, so you may not have seen much of my man-love for him), but I understood why teams distanced themselves from him, even if I wouldn't have myself. Then his agents making the power play of not signing after the 3rd meant you had to risk a pick in the first 3 rounds. At the time with all the unknowns, it was a tough call. Thankfully the Jets have a good OL, if they had a crappy unit I'd be much more upset over this, I think. 

WW85
WW85

@Brendan @WW85 I just think we're an organization with no QB. We need to take some risks to break to the next level. He was a good risk in round 3. I wont whine about it after today

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 I don't think you're whining, btw. It stinks, but people can drive themselves insane if they fixate on it. All NFL teams had the same MO and Collins had his pick of the litter. In a sense, it's confirmation that the Jets weren't his preference. 

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

We did take the risk when we drafted Kendrick Ellis. Now the cowboys have Greg hardy, randy Gregory, La'el Collins, and a volital Dez in that locker room

Too Combustible for my liking...

Bent
Bent moderator

@Bubby Brister TBF there's no history whatsoever of La'el being a negative locker room influence (although coaches described him as lazy in 2012, that spurred him on to dedicate himself to get better).

tsjc68
tsjc68

@WW85

Yes, but I understand why we avoided it (for the same reason that Jerry Jones avoided it) and while I like Collins more, I'm quite happy with Darth Mauldin IV.

funkymonk
funkymonk

I don't miss rookie holdouts. Nice to know you can draft a guy and not worry if he'll be in camp two weeks later.

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@funkymonk

i was just going to say the same thing.  As bad as that CBA was for the players union, it sure is nice to see there are no contenscious contract negotiations after the draft that linger far into training camp practices.