Key: Right from the Shump
After the first two games of the season, the Cavaliers haven’t had much stability at the point, and that trend will continue on Monday night in New York – as Derrick Rose will miss his third straight start (and seventh this season), still nursing a sore left ankle he injured back on October 20 in Milwaukee.
With Rose still on the shelf, Tyronn Lue will stick with Iman Shumpert at the 1. Rose has been solid all season for the Cavs, notching double-figures in every game he’s played, and it’ll be tough for him to watch in civvies against the team he spent last season with.
Not a point guard by trade, Shump has filled in admirably since returning from a sore left knee three games ago. Over that stretch, the seventh-year was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor against Milwaukee, finished with five assists against Houston and led both teams with three steals against Dallas. In two of those three contests, he didn’t commit a single turnover.
Former Cavalier Jarrett Jack will get the start for New York, but the Knicks are trying to bring along prized rookie, Frank Ntilikina. The No. 8 pick in last June’s Draft is still working it out on the offensive end, but he’s already shown promise as a perimeter defender.