Shumpert to miss dunk contest

February, 22, 2012
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Due to a left knee injury, New York Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert will not participate in the NBA's Slam Dunk contest this weekend. He will be replaced by Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans.

Shumpert sat out of New York's loss to the New Jersey Nets on Monday due to the injury.

He had been playing through pain in his knee but it became too much to bear after the Knicks' win over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

He is officially listed as day-to-day by the Knicks.

"Rest will take care of something like that," Mike D'Antoni said before Monday's game.

Shumpert's status for Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks is unclear at this point. New York (16-17) missed his perimeter defense Monday against New Jersey. The Nets hit 15 of their 31 3-point attempts. Deron Williams had 38 points, making eight 3-pointers.

Houston's Chase Budinger, Indiana's Paul George, Evans, and Minnesota's Derrick Williams will participate in the dunk contest.

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, whose recent rise from end-of-the-bench player to starter has gained widespread attention, will participate in the Rising Stars Challenge. Carmelo Anthony will start at forward for the Eastern Conference in Sunday's game in Orlando.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2