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Flu-ridden JR and Kenyon will play while Shumpert's knee may be the bigger issue. More:
Smith and Martin stayed away from the team on Monday while battling a virus but were back on the court for Tuesday's morning shoot-around. Woodson on Monday said Smith "could be a game-time decision" while Martin's illness is "not as severe, but he's headed in that direction."
Both said they plan to play tonight.
Meanwhile, Shumpert took a day off from practice on Monday after he felt soreness in his left knee, which is the one with the surgically-repaired ACL from a year ago. He twice fell awkwardly in Game 3 and on one fall the knee "bent back" he said.
Woodson said there were no tests done on the knee and that the team was "just kind of being cautious" with Shumpert. But now, according to reports in Indiana, a team orthopedist will come in to evaluate the knee, which has swelling.
"In my mind, I'm playing [in Game 4]," Shumpert said on Monday. "Unless I get out there and it stops me from doing what I'm supposed to do. I don't think it will stop me from playing."
Shumpert's defense on Paul George (12 turnovers in the last two games) has been very good so far in this series. With Smith sick, Shumpert's presence is even more critical, especially late in games.
Without him, the Knicks' perimeter defense suffers immensely.