NEW YORK -- Iman Shumpert is angry "at the world."
And that seems like a good thing for the Knicks.
Shortly after telling MSG Network's Tina Cervasio that he was "pissed off ... at the world," Shumpert took the court and scored 10 points in 25 minutes in the Knicks' 38-point win over Orlando.
Those numbers aren't eye-popping, but one of Shumpert's field goals certainly was. In the third quarter, Shumpert drove the lane and finished with a thunderous right-handed dunk in between two Magic defenders to give the Knicks a 16-point lead. To Shumpert, it was "just a dunk." But it's easy to wonder if it was a little more than that.
"Honestly, I'm just kind of pissed off, that's all. So you just play like that," he said. "I felt like people were laughing at my team and I don’t like it."
Shumpert also seems to be bothered by his name being dangled in trade rumors. The Knicks had been in talks with several teams over the last few weeks to move him.
"Nobody wants to be traded," J.R. Smith said. "To be in the situation he’s in with a hell of a team and the teammates that we have, it’s tough to go through that."
Shumpert has handled it well the past two games. On Thursday against Brooklyn, he had 17 points, hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts. He's also pulled down 10 rebounds in the past two games.
"I think energy on the defensive end is causing shots to fall," he said.
Whether it's anger, or an increased energy on defense, the Knicks clearly like what they see from the third-year guard.
"If he’s playing like he’s playing, he can be mad at the world," Woodson said.
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