Rockets’ Iman Shumpert hoping to strengthen knee for return
Houston Rockets swingman Iman Shumpert is hoping to test his sore right knee after sitting out the initial two games after the All-Star break. The 3-and-D wing, who played only 14 games last season because of a knee surgery, said the soreness came back recently:
“I just need to run and do stuff,” said Shumpert, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “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.”
The Rockets traded for Shumpert due to his ability as a lockdown defender as well as his knack for knocking down open shots, skills that have proved vital despite a poor shooting start in his first three games with the team:
“I don’t think it was a certain play that happened,” said Shumpert, citing the soreness in his knee. “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,”
Houston will play three games in four days this week, starting with the Atlanta Hawks, giving him only one chance to practice on Tuesday and really test his knee before a potential return.