Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Notes: Felton limps off; J.R. 'lost'
By Ian Begley and Jared Zwerling
One of the few things to make Mike Woodson and the Knicks cringe on Tuesday was the sight of Raymond Felton limping off the floor late in the third quarter with a left ankle injury.
Felton twisted his ankle and did not return to the game. He said afterward that his ankle was fine and that he would be on the floor on Saturday for Game 3 in Indiana.
"I'll be out there for sure," said Felton, who had extra tape on his left ankle after the game, following the Knicks' 105-79 Game 2 win.
Felton said he will not miss any practice time and could have re-entered the game in the fourth quarter, if necessary. Thanks to a 30-2 Knicks run, Felton was no longer needed.
Felton attacked the Indiana defense early and finished with 14 points, three assists and two rebounds (both offensive).
Iman Shumpert's slam helped put an exclamation point on the Knicks' Game 2 win.
J.R. SAYS SHOT IS 'LOST':J.R. Smith has struggled mightily in this series. In two games, he's gone 7-for-30. He missed 12 of 15 shots on Tuesday, including six of seven from beyond the arc.
"My shot is lost for now," he said.
Since coming back from his one-game suspension for elbowing Jason Terry, he is 15-for-57 from the floor.
Smith said he tweaked his back on Tuesday, but he believes he'll be fine.
How did he do it?
"Hopping out of a timeout I was kind of overanxious and I stood up a little too fast but it's all right," he said. "I'll be good."
SHUMP AROUND: In Game 2, Iman Shumpert played as complete a game as any role player could in a playoff game.
In 29 minutes, he finished with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers. In the first half, he took one of the best wing defenders in the NBA, Paul George, to school. Shumpert had a behind-the-back move on him, went in for a layup, and then hit a jump shot in his face.
Shumpert also connected on a 3-pointer and made his presence felt defensively. In the third quarter, for example, Shumpert soared up and intercepted one of George's passes into the post.
But Shumpert's biggest play of the game came in the second quarter off a Chris Copeland missed 3-pointer. Shumpert took off from the top of the key and threw down a highlight-worthy, one-handed putback dunk.
"I think I was trying to make a statement," he said afterward. "That was the most perfect miss. It came off so perfect. It was beautiful. I wanted to win this game so bad. I knew we needed this game."
Tyson Chandler added his two cents: "It was an amazing dunk. It was a spark for us. Any time you have a putback like that, it's an effort play. It always gives a team energy."
The dunk signified another turning point for Shumpert, who appears to be fully healed from the left ACL tear that caused him to miss half of the season.
"I don't really think about it much unless I see my scar," he said. "Right now, it's all about winning games. I have been waiting my whole life to play in the playoffs. I am living in the moment right now."
ARE YOU KIDD-ING? Even though Jason Kidd hasn't scored in 161 minutes -- his last points came in the first quarter of Game 2 against the Celtics -- he made an impact with his hustle plays on Tuesday night. For example, in the first half, he forced George into a traveling violation, and he helped set strong traps on the Pacers' guards, who finished with seven turnovers.
Kidd's biggest effort play came at the end of the third quarter, when he saved a loose ball from Smith's missed 3-pointer, which was going out of bounds, and dished it to Chandler for a dunk.