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Iman Shumpert close to return

Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks

Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks in action against the New Jersey Nets during their preseason game. (Dec. 21, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Rookie guard Iman Shumpert was dunking the ball at the morning shootaround Monday and could be back on the court Wednesday night.

"I don't think that's too soon," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said before Monday night's game against the Toronto Raptors. " . . . He could wake up tomorrow and be sore. If he practices tomorrow and wakes up Wednesday and he's fine, then he can play."

Shumpert has been out since spraining his left knee in the Knicks' season opener against the Celtics on Christmas Day.

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