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Shumpert didn't find closure stepping onto the court in Miami. He found it doing something more significant. More:
"It was even better stepping off the court without being hurt," he said.
The last time he played in Miami was Game 1 of the playoffs last spring. Shumpert tore the ACL in his left knee in the third quarter on what appeared to be a simple dribble move. He had to be carried off the court by teammates.
The rehabilitation process took nine months and he still isn't back to his previous form. Over the last few weeks his game has started to come around and the extensive work he's done on his three-point shot is starting to show. But the athleticism and explosion he had before the injury is not there yet.
Shumpert admitted he was "a little anxious" about being back at the place where his young career took a devastating setback. But after celebrating a win over the Heat, Shumpert (nine points, three rebounds, two assists in 23 minutes) felt good about moving on.
And about walking off that court.