“We haven’t tied his hands. I mean, he’s still playing the minutes and he’s got the freedom to play. I don’t know if he’s down on his confidence or what,” Woodson said. “But that’s something we gotta sit down and talk about here in the next couple of days, because I need Iman to not only defend, but I need him to just play all-around, like he was playing on that Texas swing.”
Shumpert was sensational during the Knicks' 2-1 road trip to Texas earlier this month. He had 53 points in the first two games and made several big plays down the stretch of New York's win over Dallas in the third and final game of the trip.
In the first five games of the calendar year, Shumpert averaged 15.8 points on 58 percent shooting. He hit 60 percent of his 3-point attempts.
In his past four games, though, Shumpert has scored five points per game on 30 percent shooting. He’s averaged 30 minutes per game during that span.
He acknowledged last week that hearing his name in trade rumors earlier this season was “annoying” but insisted on Friday that he's not having any confidence issues.
“I didn’t lose any confidence,” said Shumpert, who went 0-for-4 with three rebounds and three turnovers against the Clippers. “... I think the same shots are coming, you’ve just got to knock them down. Everyone will say something about confidence or something if you miss a couple shots. You’ve just got to keep shooting.”
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t noticed Shumpert lacking confidence recently.
“The five games that we won, he was playing extremely well,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day, Iman will be another big piece to our team’s success. We need him to play the way he knows how to play. That’s the way he’s been playing those five games when he was helping us win basketball games.”
Woodson said after the game that he may consider a lineup change. But he’s not thinking about sending Shumpert to the bench.
“I’m not throwing Iman to the curb,” Woodson said. “I just gotta give him some love and try to build his confidence back up, because we need him.”
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