Knicks veteran forward Rasheed Wallace will miss his 12th straight game with a stress reaction in his left foot. Wallace's injury was originally described by the team as a sore left foot and he was listed as day to day. The team then clarified and called his injury a stress reaction after a report described it as a stress fracture.
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The team is being cautious with Wallace's injury because the fear is a stress reaction could develop into a stress fracture, which would sideline Wallace for an even longer period of time.
The 38-year-old forward has already missed three weeks due to the injury.
Marcus Camby recently returned from a calf injury to soften the impact of Wallace's injury.
Mike Woodson has inserted Camby into the starting lineup in the Knicks' past three games. He will start again Monday against Boston.
NO UPDATE ON SHUMP: Iman Shumpert is expected to see a doctor on Monday to determine whether he can participate in full practice for the first time with the Knicks. Shumpert has been participating in non-contact drills with the Knicks for the past week.
The second-year guard told reporters over the weekend that he hoped to return to the court within one or two weeks from being cleared.
Mike Woodson had no update on Shumpert on Monday morning.
"I don't think I've ever been this hype to go to the doctor," Shumpert wrote on his Twitter account Monday morning.
Shumpert underwent surgery to repair a left ACL injury in early May.
It will be interesting to see how Woodson juggles the rotation once Shumpert commands major minutes. Ronnie Brewer is likely to be impacted by Shumpert's return.
WOODY SAYS CELTS ARE STILL DANGEROUS: The Boston Celtics have performed well below most analysts' expectations thus far. They've struggled defensively (although they've shown promise since Avery Bradley's return last week) and have had a tough time getting points from the perimeter. The Knicks enter play Monday seven games ahead of Boston in the Atlantic -- a reversal of how things have played out in recent seasons.
Still, Woodson knows Doc Rivers' club isn't going anywhere.
"They’ve had injuries. But let me tell you something, Doc’s teams are always well coached and they’re going to play hard every night. They might not be having the season that they expected. But to me they’re still one of the premier teams in the East," Woodson said.
Rondo leads the league in assists per game (11.3) and is sixth in steals.
"We’ve got to be aware of where he is on the floor when he’s pushing it and try to contain him, try to keep him under control," Woodson said.