Iman Shumpert Key to Knicks Defense this Week

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By: Brian Faith

Iman Shumpert made his long-awaited season debut last Thursday in London against the Detroit Pistons, tallying eight points in 15 minutes of play. After returning to the states, the Knicks hosted the Nets in a Monday afternoon matinee, in which Shumpert played 20 minutes and guarded a variety of Brooklyn's perimeter players. For now, that's his minutes limit, per the team's medical staff.

But even in limited minutes, his impact on the Knicks' defense cannot be overstated.  This week the Knicks will take on division rivals Boston and Philadelphia before returning home to face Atlanta on Sunday -- their third game in four nights.  With Shumpert back in the starting lineup, let’s take a look at his likely upcoming defensive assignments.