Knicks coach Mike Woodson said at Thursday’s practice Iman Shumpert will again come off the bench in Toronto on Friday as he will go with the all-point-guard backcourt of Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni.

Woodson is handling Shumpert somewhat mysteriously saying over the last week he wants him to battle for the starting shooting-guard slot with the injured J.R. Smith the Sixth Man Award winner last season.
Woodson has said he wants to go with a traditional backcourt this season using a natural shooting guard. But he still won’t put Shumpert in as a starter yet despite his perfect evening Wednesday in Providence in the preseason opener. Shumpert hit all seven of his shots including three 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 18 points in 24 minutes. It appears Woodson is hoping Smith earns the starting nod and is grooming Shumpert to be comfortable coming off the bench.