Posted by Ben Golliver.
The New York Knicks' thin backcourt took a big hit on opening day.
Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert suffered a sprained right MCL during the third quarter of New York's Christmas Day season opener against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. The New York Daily News reported that the Knicks expect Shumpert to be out "two to four weeks."
The injury occurred with just over a minute left in the third quarter, as Shumpert jockeye for defensive rebounding position following a mid-range jumper attempt by Celtics guard Ray Allen. Celtics forward Chris Wilcox got tied up with Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire and crashed to the court, undercutting Shumpert. Shumpert got up and was unable to put any pressure on his right leg. After Knicks trainers attended to him he was carried off the court by his teammates.
Shumpert, a 21-year-old rookie out of Georgia Tech, left the game with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist on 3-13 shooting in 22 minutes.
In his absence, New York will lean more heavily on guards Toney Douglas, Landry Fields and Bill Walker as they wait for Mike Bibby and Baron Davis to get healthy.
Here's the video of Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert's right knee injury.