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Iman Shumpert has been doing his part during the losing streak. However, Shumpert did struggle on the defensive end against Nets point guard Deron Williams. Shumpert had to play starting point guard due to injuries, and one knock on Shumpert has been his offense. The Knicks need at least 10 points a night from him.
Past 3 Games for Shumpert:
The Wizards game: Shumpert 19 points, 6-11, on 54% shooting. The Pistons game: Shumpert 15 points, 5-13, on 38% shooting.The Nets game: Shumpert 11 points, 4-8, on 50% shooting.
Shumpert Accepted Full Responsibility for the Nets Loss
According to Ian Begley of ESPN,
“I’m gonna take this one. Deron Williams got to do whatever he wanted out there,” said Shumpert, who was matched up against the Nets point guard Friday.
“I got to get better with controlling the ball after him coming off the ball screen. I didn’t do a good job of that tonight. As a reflection of that, our bigs got in foul trouble [and the Nets] hit 3s from everywhere on the court because he kept getting into that paint. I got to do a better job of getting over the ball screens and not letting him get into our defense. Tonight, he had his way with me. I’ll take that.”
Shumpert, who is a strong perimeter defender, wasn’t very solid against Nets point guard Deron Williams. Williams scored a game-high 29 points on, 10-for-15, shooting and recorded six assists. He didn’t score all of his points on Shumpert, but Shumpert was primarily matched up against Williams.
Anthony on Shumpert’s Night:
“I know how much he loves to play defense, and how much he loves matchups, so him saying that it’s his fault, you need to take that with a grain of salt and help him out,” Anthony said. “We’re all in the NBA, no one person can stop another one person. We gotta help him out and do a better job.”