Shumpert says he'll play against Heat

Iman Shumpert puts up a shot against the Iman Shumpert puts up a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers. (Feb. 10, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks are expected to have their best perimeter defender when they face Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Heat Sunday.

Iman Shumpert, who sprained his right ankle Friday, shot around Saturdayand walked without a limp. He declared himself able to play. He likely will start off on Wade but also could see some time on James. "It's the usual challenge, trying to keep people uncomfortable," he said.

Shumpert enjoys the challenge of taking on the best players. He was asked about not fearing All-Stars. "Why?" he said. "There's no reason to. It's basketball. He's not going to kill me."

Amar'e back this week?

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Amar'e Stoudemire played full-court four-on-four Saturday to test his back, which will keep him out of his 11th straight game Sunday. He will practice Monday, and unless he has a setback, a return Tuesday against Boston or Wednesday against the Nets seems likely.

Trayvon's family visits

Trayvon Martin's mother and younger brother spent time in the Knicks' locker room before Friday's game. Anthony, who called meeting them "a blessing, an honor," said he knew they were in New York and wanted them to come to the Garden.

"We all know the tragedy that happened," Anthony said. "Just to get them in different states of mind right now, just bringing them to the locker room, meeting all the players, meeting the coaches, that was the easy part. We had no media there. It was just something I wanted to do. I lost my sister last year, so I know what it feels like with his little brother. He didn't even want to come to the game. He didn't even know what was going on. He wanted to go see 'The Lion King.' For them to be there, that meant a lot."

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