NBA Rumor: Iman Shumpert Injury

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Rockets forward Iman Shumpert planned to begin running to test his sore right knee after sitting out the Rockets’ first two games after the All-Star break. Shumpert, who played just 14 games last season because of knee surgery, said the soreness came from ramping back up this season. “I just need to run and do stuff,” Shumpert said. “I haven’t really tested it out now. We’ve been doing strength work. I’ll be able to do a little running (Sunday and Monday), see how it responds and go from there.

“I don’t think it was a certain play that happened. I sat out a year. Just an accumulation of minutes. Don’t get me wrong. I can still play through it. Looking at the long haul, being traded to this team, knowing what we’re up against and what we have to do come playoff time, I have to be able to play through. If I’m able to take some time now to get it all right, using the All-Star break for those days and taking these days, will do me a lot of good in strengthening it and making sure my form is right,”
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Shumpert was filling in at backup point guard for the Cavs, with the rookie Kay Felder already ruled out for the Knicks game after being placed in the concussion protocol himself; Felder took an errant Chris Andersen elbow to the head in practice last week. The Cavs have the day off Wednesday and head coach Tyronn Lue said Shumpert’s availability for Friday’s road game against the Toronto Raptors was unknown. “Right now we don’t know the status on Shump,” Lue said. “Still going to go through the testing or whatever. I know he got hit in the head, and I think he ran into Porzingis’ hip or something. He’s going to get tested and just see where he’s at. Not quite sure what the results are going to be.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers held practice without Iman Shumpert on Friday and he’s listed as day-to-day. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Shumpert “tweaked his shoulder” in Thursday’s 106-95 win over the Chicago Bulls. The injury apparently happened when Shumpert stole the ball from Bulls guard Doug McDermott. He started to favor his shoulder immediately afterward. It’s the same shoulder he separated over a year ago while a member of the New York Knicks.

Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert could play on the team’s upcoming two-game road trip, which starts on Friday against the Orlando Magic and finishes Tuesday in Boston. “There’s a chance that one or two or both will play on the trip, but there’s also a chance they don’t,” head coach David Blatt said Thursday. “We’ll see how they’re feeling.” Both Irving and Shumpert went through a full practice on Thursday, the final workout before the team left for Orlando, and both made the trip.
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