Shumpert sprains elbow in win over wizards

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Expectations are high for Knicks third-year guard Iman Shumpert entering the 2013-2014 season.  So when things had not gone to his liking up until this point in the preseason, the talented young guard decided to cut off his signature flat top to represent a fresh start.

Well, after last night in Baltimore, Iman may want to consider growing that hair back.

During the first quarter of the Knicks’ preseason win over Washington, Iman Shumpert got his arm tangled with Wizards guard Bradley Beal, as Beal cut to the basket for a score.  The initial diagnosis was that Shumpert had sprained the elbow, which means he should not miss much time at all — news that comes as a relief to a Knicks fan base that was collectively holding their breath when Shumpert exited the game on Thursday.

“A pretty uncomfortable feeling,” Shumpert said after the Knicks’ win over Washington. “But I’ll be alright.”

With sixth man of the year J.R. Smith sidelined for at least five games due to his suspension for marijauna, Iman Shumpert’s health is critical to the Knicks getting off to a good start.  While it looks like the Knicks dodged a bullet on Thursday night, the scare serves as a reminder that even the most hopeful teams are always a few injuries away from total disaster.

Prior to exiting the game Shumpert had four points, including a left-handed putback dunk, two assists and two turnovers.

Pablo Prigioni also left the game in the third quarter with a left elbow sprain. Prigioni said after the game that he hyperextended his elbow but it was minor and he felt “fine.”

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