Saturday has been a bad day for left knees in the NBA. Earlier, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee in the Chicago Bulls' win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Now, New York Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert has been diagnosed with the same injury.
New York's Iman Shumpert has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 29, 2012
Shumpert suffered the injury midway through the third quarter in the Knicks' blowout loss to the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their playoff series. He tried to make a crossover move on Mario Chalmers, but his knee buckled and he immediately fell to the floor.
Shumpert had come on late in his rookie season, emerging as a tough defensive stopper for the Knicks. With him sidelined, Landry Fields will likely return to the starting lineup, and J.R. Smith and Toney Douglas will be seeing more time.