Iman Shumpert Key to Knicks Defense this Week

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Celtics: Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce

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Shumpert will be severely tested in just his third game back when the Knicks travel to Boston to battle the Celtics in a nationally televised game. Rondo uses his shiftiness and creativity to control games, even if he’s not scoring often. It will be up to Shumpert to provide stifling on-ball defense and keep Rondo from getting in a rhythm early in each half.

He also may be called upon to spell Carmelo Anthony from having to guard Paul Pierce for long stretches. Pierce can still create his own shot, so Shumpert will need to stick with him and aggressively contest his array of fade aways and turn around jumpers.

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