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Shump starts against Celtics

12/13/2013

BOSTON -- New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert will play and start against the Boston Celtics Friday night.

The third-year guard bruised his left knee in a collision with Mike Dunleavy in the third quarter of Wednesday night's win against the Chicago Bulls.

"I'm good. It's just a bruise," Shumpert said.

Coach Mike Woodson told reporters Shumpert went through shootaround without any issues on Friday morning and will join Pablo Prigioni in the Knicks' starting backcourt.

"He'll start. Pablo will start besides him and we'll go with the regular guys up front. Kenyon [Martin] will play as well," Woodson said.

A few more pregames notes:

LOOKING FOR REVENGE: After suffering a 41-point loss to the Celtics on Sunday afternoon at the Madison Square Garden, Woodson is curious to see how his team will look in the rematch between the two Atlantic Division rivals.

"I'm anxious from a coaching standpoint to see how we'll respond," Woodson explained, "We haven't had very many lopsided games since I've been here, and that was embarrassing, so we'll see if our guys can step it up and respond to what happened a week ago."

METTA WORLD PEACE OUT OF ROTATION: The reserve forward did not play against the Bulls on Wednesday night for the Knicks, and Woodson admitted before the game, World Peace is out of the team's rotation for the time being.

"I can't play everybody," Woodson said, "Right now, he's out [of the rotation], but that can change game-to-game. It can change based on who is doing what on the floor. It's no knock against Metta. Metta's been a true pro about his approach to practice and the games. I know when I throw him out there I think I can count on him. We just have to play it by ear and see how it goes."

STAT ON BACK-TO-BACKS? Amar'e Stoudemire played in back-to-back games for the first time this season earlier this week, and Woodson was optimistic that trend would continue for the power forward going forward. The Knicks are playing Saturday night against Atlanta after facing the Celtics tonight.

"I'm hoping [he'll play Saturday], as long as there are no setbacks," Woodson said, "He'll play tonight and then we'll see how he feels tomorrow morning. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go tomorrow night."

Woodson continued: "He didn't complain about anything, [after Wednesday's game] So we have to be open-minded to Amar'e. He's playing a lot better, he's taking some major steps along the way and I kind of like his minutes right now, at about 28-30 minutes [per game]. I don't think we need to even entertain going over that, and we'll see if we can just build on that, since he's playing a lot better."