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Knicks' Iman Shumpert (knee) expects to play in Game 4

Knicks' Iman Shumpert holds up three fingers after

Knicks' Iman Shumpert holds up three fingers after hitting a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers in the first quarter of Game 2 during the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 7, 2013) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Iman Shumpert didn't practice Monday because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. He expects to play in Game 4 Tuesday night, but could be limited.

Shumpert fell twice in Game 3 against Indiana and one of the times he said his knee "bent back awkward." He remained in the game, but was sore Sunday, and he said it's bruised. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Shumpert was held out of practice Sunday.

"In my mind, I'm playing," Shumpert said. "Unless I get out there and I can't do what I'm supposed to do, I don't think it will stop me from playing."

The Knicks already are less than 100 percent as J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin remain quarantined with a virus.

Shumpert has been the Knicks' best defender this postseason. They can't afford to be without him in this critical game. The Knicks trail the Pacers 2-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Woodson and Shumpert both said the injury is not related to the surgery he had last May to repair a torn ACL. Shumpert hasn't had an MRI. But Woodson said Shumpert's extended minutes lately might have contributed to the soreness.

"His minutes have jumped some," Woodson said.

Smith and Martin were at the hotel instead of practice for the second straight day. The Knicks are trying to keep them from infecting other players.

Woodson said Martin's symptoms aren't as severe as Smith's but "heading in that direction." Smith had a 102-degree fever Saturday. He played in Game 3, shot 4-for-12 and scored nine points.

"I haven't seen J.R.," Carmelo Anthony said. "They're kind of keeping him away from everybody because of his health. But I'm pretty sure from what I'm hearing he'll be ready."


Woodson said he's not considering sitting Jason Kidd because of his scoring slump. Kidd is 0-for-14 and scoreless in 161 minutes over the last seven games. "That's not a factor," Woodson said. "I just think he brings some intangibles that some other guys don't bring. I would never do that to him as a player." . . . Woodson said he might use Steve Novak or Chris Copeland if the Knicks need shooting.

Chandler gets defensive

Tyson Chandler was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team, along with LeBron James, Tony Allen, Chris Paul, Serge Ibaka and Joakim Noah. Chandler and Noah each received 24 points and shared the first-team center spot. Chandler was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year last season.

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