Iman Shumpert Injury: Updates on Knicks Guard's Knee and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2013

Dec 5, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) reacts against the Brooklyn Nets during the third quarter of a game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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What else can go wrong with the New York Knicks?

Iman Shumpert limped off the court Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls after banging knees with Mike Dunleavy, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

Shumpert is limping back to the locker room after banging knees with Mike Dunleavy.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 12, 2013

Later it was determined Shumpert has a bruised left knee:

Iman Shumpert has a bruised left knee. He is doubtful to return

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 12, 2013

He remains day to day, per Iannazzone:

Iman Shumpert (bruised left knee) is day to day, according to the #Knicks.

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 12, 2013

As Iannazzone points out, it's the same left knee he had surgery on over the summer:

It's the surgically repaired knee for shumpert

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 12, 2013

Shumpert is averaging 7.3 points a game on 40 percent shooting to go along with 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals. So far, he's failed to improve upon what was a solid sophomore season.

However, any injury to Shumpert will hurt the Knicks' chances of getting out from the bottom of the Eastern Conference. In addition, there's also been plenty of talk that the team is looking to trade the guard at some point this season.

It will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds, both in regard to whether Shumpert's injury is serious, and what this may do to the Knicks' trade plans.