Sunday, December 25, 2011
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New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) drives toward the basket as Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling (51) defends in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. Shumpert was injured in his Knicks debut. He is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained right knee ligament. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert is expected to miss two to four weeks because of a sprained right knee ligament.
The first-round pick from Georgia Tech was hurt in the second half of New York's 106-104 victory over Boston on Sunday when Celtics reserve Chris Wilcox appeared to bang into his leg. The Knicks say Shumpert sprained his MCL.
Shumpert scored 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting in 22 minutes in his debut. With Baron Davis unavailable for a while with a herniated disc in his back, Shumpert was expected to provide minutes at both guard spots.
The Knicks were already short-handed in the backcourt with Mike Bibby sidelined by a sore back. Also, forward Jared Jeffries left with a sore right calf and could miss a week or two.