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Shumpert expected to play

3/21/2013

For the first time in what feels like a long time, the Knicks received some positive injury news Thursday.

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Mike Woodson said in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that Iman Shumpert’s surgically-repaired left knee is OK after he tweaked it on Wednesday. Shumpert is expected to play Friday against Toronto.

“He’s fine, He’s going to be ready to go. I was just being cautious last night,” Woodson told Ryan Ruocco and Don La Greca on “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on Thursday.

Shumpert strained his left knee late in the first half of the Knicks’ win over Orlando on a drive to the rim.

"I took a step to explode and go up to the rim and felt it pop,” he said. "Last time I felt a pop, I was out eight months. I was nervous and more scared than anything."

He wasn’t alone. Anytime Shumpert’s left knee, the same knee that had to repaired via ACL surgery last spring, is involved, it’s reason for concern.

But Shumpert’s knee showed no swelling on Thursday. He did not undergo x-rays or an MRI, according to the Knicks.

That’s a big relief for a Knicks team that’s been inundated by injuries.

Amar’e Stoudemire (knee), Rasheed Wallace (foot) and Kurt Thomas (foot) are expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season. Tyson Chandler is out for approximately five days with a neck injury. And Carmelo Anthony missed six games earlier this month due to a right knee injury.

Shumpert was relieved on Wednesday because he felt pain-free while sitting on the bench.

“I was more scared than anything,” he said. "I am fine now."

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