Iman Shumpert leaves game after feeling knee 'pop'

Knicks' Iman Shumpert drives past Orlando Magic's Arron Knicks' Iman Shumpert drives past Orlando Magic's Arron Afflalo during the first half. (March 20, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Iman Shumpert said he left last night's game against Orlando after feeling "a pop" in his left knee.

"I took a step to explode and go up to the rim and I felt it pop," said Shumpert, who had ACL surgery on the knee last spring. "Last time I felt it pop, I was out for eight months. I was nervous and more scared than anything."

Shumpert's knee will be re-evaluated by the team Thursday. He said he had been told Wednesday night that he could have gone back in the game if the team needed him, but the Knicks had a big enough lead on the Magic that it wasn't an issue.

Said Shumpert: "I'm fine now. Hopefully, it all goes well tomorrow."

Thomas: 50-50 for playoffs

Kurt Thomas, who suffered a broken foot in the Knicks' loss at Portland, handicapped his chances of making it back for the playoffs as "50-50" after Wednesday night's game.

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No roster moves

With a month to go in the regular season, the team roster reads like a hospital chart. Big men Tyson Chandler (neck strain), Amar'e Stoudemire (right knee debridement), Rasheed Wallace (fractured left foot) and Thomas are all unable to play. Yet, coach Mike Woodson indicated before the game that the team would not be making a roster move. "Our team, as it stands today, is what it is," Woodson said after talking to GM Glen Grunwald.

The Knicks, who are the oldest team in the league, loaded up on older veterans like Wallace, Thomas, Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby this offseason. And while their savvy and experience were a big plus at the beginning of the season, their age has become a liability in the final month.

Woodson, however, said he has no regrets about going after seasoned veterans. "I will never back off of that" he said, "because their minutes weren't supposed to be directed that way."

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