With the New York Knicks looking for redemption following their Game 1 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Iman Shumpert found out that the best way to get two points is to go ahead and do amazing things whenever your teammates miss.
The Knicks were out-rebounded by the Pacers in Game 1 by 14 boards, so getting as many of them as possible early on in Game 2 helped New York's lead grow. Oh, and having a guy ignore the fact that he missed half the season because of a torn ACL is always nice as well.
Just check out the GIF form. It's totally and completely mesmerizing.
Shumpert was the beneficiary of three guys forgetting to box anybody out at all, leaving him to sky over half the Pacers team and slam home one of the best dunks of the playoffs so far.
Iman Shumpert's knee looks ok!!! WOW— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) May 7, 2013
Crowd still buzzing over that Shumpert follow dunk.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) May 7, 2013
Watching from the baseline is nearly as mesmerizing, only there's not as much time to track the ball. Best of all, it seems as if Shumpert is shouting "Boooom!" the entire time he's flying through the air.
With the Knicks' energy lacking in the first game of the series, seeing Shumpert do something like this to electrify the crowd has to be a breath of fresh air for Mike Woodson.
If Shumpert and the Knicks are going to make their way into the Eastern Conference Finals, they're going to need more stuff like this to get the crowd involved in the game.