Iman Shumpert buried a trio of threes, scored 17 points and played some smothering defense on Celtics forward Paul Pierce. Pierce shot just 4-of-18 from the field, largely due to some lockdown defense from the second year guard from Georgia Tech. Shumpert was sharp on his rotations, played solid defense in switch situations and was pesky as always getting his hands on the ball.
The numbers show that the Knicks have been better with Shumpert on the floor than when he's on the bench. In 122 minutes without him, the Knicks were actually outscored in the series by 12.9 points per 100 possessions. With him on the floor, they outscored Boston by 19.8 points per 100 possessions in 171 minutes. On offense, he put up a True Shooting Percentage of 59.1%; the best of any Knick rotation player.
He was just fantastic in the series and that was all showcased in game 6. Shumpert gave the Knicks 38 productive minutes and made one of the biggest plays in the game: As Boston was making their ferocious 4th quarter comeback, Shumpert ended their 20-0 run with a steal and a layup. It was a huge play in a huge moment of a huge game.
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