Shumpert’s knee buckled when the Boston Celtics’ Chris Wilcox fell on it in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 106-104 victory. The team is calling the injury a sprained medial collateral ligament, with an estimated recovery time of two to four weeks.
, the 17th pick in the June draft, is a phenomenal athlete and defender who was expected to play a major role in the Knicks’ guard rotation. Although he was limping after the game, Shumpert seemed upbeat.
“Those guys were telling me it’s a long season, going to hit bumps in the road,” he said of his older teammates. “I thought they were talking about some different bumps.”
He meant rookie struggles, which were evident in his 11-point N.B.A. debut. Shumpert went 3 for 13, finishing with four rebounds and two turnovers.
Shumpert was helped off the court by two team staff members, although he said it was precautionary and that he could have walked off on his own.
“I think the initial scare was a little worse than it might be,” he said.
Without Shumpert, the Knicks will rely on Mike Bibby and Bill Walker as their primary backups at guard. Bibby missed Sunday’s opener because of back soreness but is expected back for Wednesday’s game at Golden State.