New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert's status is not yet public knowledge, but the tears welling up in his eyes after collapsing to the court are a strong indicator that he will be on the self for a while.
With 6:03 remaining in the third quarter, the rookie was bringing the ball up the sideline as he went behind the back. Then he grabbed for his left knee and fell to the court in obvious pain.
The ball was still live, so the Knicks quickly intentionally fouled and called for a timeout. Shumpert was tended to by the medical staff as team and coaches huddled around their injured teammate.
None of that was a good sign for the health of Shumpert's knee; neither was the fact that he had to be helped off the court by teammates.
This will be a big blow to the Knicks. Shumpert had started the final 17 games following the injury to Jeremy Lin. He has played at least 21 minutes in every game during that stretch.
For the season, he is averaging 9.5 points and 2.8 assists per game. Before leaving this game, he had played 19 minutes and had yet to record a bucket or an assist.
The Knicks will likely go back to starting Landry Fields opposite Baron Davis in the backcourt. The other option would be to insert J.R. Smith into the starting lineup, but he has settled into a nice groove as the sixth man.