Last night at the Garden, the Knicks lost a heartbreaker to the Pacers – their sixth straight loss at home. New York had a three point lead in the waning seconds when Paul George heaved up a three and was fouled in the act by Iman Shumpert. George would go on to ice all three of the free throws and send the game into OT, where the Pacers won. Coach Mike Woodson was less-than-thrilled with Shumpert’s body control on that crucial play, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“The worst that can happen is he hits a three over you and it goes into overtime like it did,’’ Woodson said. “But you can’t foul him. I looked at the tape and he got him on the elbow and Joey [Crawford] made the correct call.’’
Here’s more out of MSG, where the trade talk continues to swirl around Shump..
- Carmelo Anthony hopes that Shumpert will be a part of the Knicks’ future, writes Berman. “I think he is [part of the future],’’ Anthony said. “I hope so. We have a lot of expectations with Iman, especially the way he played tonight. That’s the Iman we need him to be [defensively]. He could take it in a good way. I hope he doesn’t think about it.’’
- For his part, Shumpert says there’s “nothing he can do” about the incessant trade talk, writes Josh Newman of SNY. Yesterday, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that both Shumpert and the Knicks have privately acknowledged that a deal is inevitable.
- If the Knicks were ever to make Anthony available, the Rockets could put together an attractive trade offer for him, tweets Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.