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Iman Shumpert could be cleared for contact Tuesday

Iman Shumpert drives past Orlando Magic center Dwight

Iman Shumpert drives past Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during the first half. (March 28, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Iman Shumpert underwent tests on his surgically repaired left knee Monday and all indications are he could be cleared for contact as soon as Tuesday.

Mike Woodson said he didn't know the test results but added that the second-year guard "is getting close."

Shumpert went through another grueling pregame workout and had a few impressive dunks with one of the Knicks' doctors watching. After one slam, Carmelo Anthony said, "Shump's back."

Shumpert had surgery to repair a torn ACL and lateral meniscus May 2. He has been doing non-contact team drills and one-on-one work. The next step is five-on-five contact, but it's unclear how many practices he will need before he can make his season debut.

"If he's ready to go, we'll get him on the practice floor tomorrow and start working with him and see what he brings to the table with us," Woodson said.

No star treatmentHolding players accountable has contributed to Woodson's success. During Saturday's game in Orlando, he let Anthony know he was unhappy with something he did.

"I'm just coaching," Woodson said. "That's all it is. When he's wrong, he's wrong. I'm not always right. But I see things sometimes different than players . . . He's got to be treated just like everybody else on the team."

Buzzer-beatersThe contracts of Chris Copeland and Rasheed Wallace will be guaranteed for the season, as expected. Players with non-guaranteed deals had to be waived by 5 p.m. Monday or their deals would become locked in . . . Anthony was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 36 points in three games.

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