Mar 20, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Iman Shumpert (21) drives in during the first quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Iman Shumpert expected to play vs. Raptors

With the injuries mounting for the New York Knicks, there was plenty of concern about second-year guard Iman Shumpert’s surgically repaired knee after it appeared that Shump had reinjured the knee during Wednesday night’s victory over the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.

However it looks as if Shumpert will be ready to go when the Knicks face the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

Mar 18, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks small forward Iman Shumpert (21) warms up prior to a game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Woodson said in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that Shump is fine after tweaking his knee.

“He’s fine; He’s going to be ready to go. I was just being cautious last night,” Woodson told Ryan Ruocco and Don La Greca on “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on Thursday.

Knicks fans had to hold their breath after Shumpert told reporters that he heard a “pop” in his knee.

“I took a step to explode and go up to the rim and felt it pop,” Shump told ESPN’s Ian Begley. “Last time I felt a pop, I was out eight months. I was nervous and more scared than anything.”

There was no swelling in his knee and didn’t even have to get x-rays taken on Thursday.

While Knicks fans finally get some positive news on the injury front, I would expect Woodson to still be cautious with Shumpert’s minutes going forward.

The good news though is that Shump will be in uniform and not join the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire (knee), Rasheed Wallace (foot) and Kurt Thomas (foot), who are expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season. Tyson Chandler is also out for approximately five more days with a neck injury.

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