Friday, October 18, 2013
Notes: Shumpert day-to-day
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Iman Shumpert's sprained right elbow is a bit swollen but he doesn't think the injury will keep him out for long.
"It's day-to-day," Shumpert said on Friday. "I just want to be healthy for the first [regular-season] game."
The third-year guard got his arm tangled with Washington guard Bradley Beal as he drove late in the first quarter of Thursday's preseason game.
He left the game but did not undergo further tests.
"It wasn’t that bad. I had it wrapped up all [Thursday] night," Shumpert said. "A little bit of fluid in there, but doc said she expected more fluid than it is. So I’m happy. I heal better than anybody else."
It's unclear at this point if Shumpert will play in the Knicks' next preseason game -- Monday at Toronto.
Shumpert said he was worried at first because doctors described his condition as an MCL or UCL injury. The third-year guard underwent a lengthy rehab from ACL surgery after his rookie year, so that's the last thing he wanted to hear.
"Anything with CL kind of scares me," he said.
Shumpert's health is key for the Knicks. He is battling J.R. Smith for the starting shooting guard position. Smith is currently rehabbing from offseason knee surgery. He hopes to play in the Knicks' final preseason game. Once Smith is deemed healthy by the Knicks and an independent NBA doctor, he will have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
NO CONTACT YET FOR AMAR'E:Amar'e Stoudemire has not yet been cleared for contact, according to coach Mike Woodson. The power forward underwent a procedure on his knee in the summer, his third in the past 12 months. The Knicks are taking a cautious approach with Stoudemire in the preseason. He hasn't played in a preseason game or scrimmaged with teammates. His status for the season opener is unclear at this point.
PABLO, METTA LIKELY TO PLAY MONDAY: Woodson expects Metta World Peace (ankle) and Pablo Prigioni (elbow) to play in Monday's game. Both sat on the side of practice on Friday as the Knicks walked through half-court offense and defense.
Kenyon Martin (ankle), Smith (knee), Jeremy Tyler (foot) and Stoudemire will travel with the team on its two-game trip but it's unlikely any will play.
HIGH MARKS FOR IKE, TOURE': Woodson says the Knicks may not cut anyone until Oct. 28 -- the day that regular-season rosters are due. But he likes what he sees from forward Ike Diogu and guard Toure' Murry. He called guard C.J. Leslie "a project."
"Right now, the game is somewhat quick for him in terms of catching on to what we're doing," Woodson said, adding that is common for young players.
He said guard Chris Smith is a young player "trying to find his niche."
"We're trying to help him but it's going to be a process with all these young guys," Woodson said of J.R. Smith's younger brother. "He's another guy that we're going to make a decision on come the end of the month."