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Knicks’ Felton has broken finger, says he could miss 4-6 weeks

Dec 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Raymond Felton AP


Raymond Felton’s play at the point — 15.8 points, 6.3 assists and controlling the tempo — may have been down lately but it remains a key reason the Knicks are 21-8 and near the top of the Eastern Conference.

However, for the next month or so they will have to find out what life without him is like.

X-rays have shown he has a fractured little finger on his shooting hand, an injury that could require surgery and he says he expects to miss more than a month. Here are the details, via Newsday.

Initially Felton described the injury as a sprained ligament, suffered when he and the Lakers’ Steve Nash were going for a ball on Tuesday.

But that proved to be overly optimistic. Felton was to return to New York Thursday to be evaluated by team doctors. He said surgery is a possibility. If that is the course of action, Felton said, there is no reason to believe it would end his season, but it could cost him four to six weeks.

It’s not good news for a Knicks team that has of late struggled from three and soon has to figure out how to integrate Amare Stoudemire back into the rotation. (Iman Shumpert will come back in a little while, too, but he will blend in more smoothly.)

No Felton is going to mean more minutes for Pablo Prigioni, the “rookie” from Argentina who at age 35 has spent so much time at the top of the European circuit it’s not fair to really call him a rookie. Jason Kidd, who has played a lot as the two guard, also will get run at the point now. That’s not exactly a young twosome, but with 15 guys on the roster don’t expect them to make a move to bring in someone (not that there are quality free agent point guards out there right now).

  1. nbascreed - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    “…Amare Stoudemire back into the rotation. (Iman Shumpert will come back in a little while, too, but he will blend in more smoothly.)”

    Kurt, stop it now…please. Nothing and I mean nothing about Stat’s past or all of his public and reportedly private conversations lead anyone, who is remotedly clued into the Knicks, to believe that this will be an issue. He’s said he’s willing to play any role and unlike with most stars I actually believe him. He has always seemed like a stand up dude.

    You’re trying to create a story before there is one…stop it.

    • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      May not be an issue of if he is willing to play any role, it may be is he willing, and able to play any role. Nothing about his past would make me to believe he will make it some kind of public issue, or pout about it or anything like that. But nothing about his past lead me to believe that he will be able to morph into another type of player, and still be effective either.

      Chandler would probably do anything you ask him to aslo. But if you decide to ask him to start shooting 10-12 times a game from 15 feet out, he’s not going to be as effective. Not becuase he doen’st want to, or is acting out, just because it’s not his game, and he can’t play comfortable, therefore instinctual, therefore well

  2. badintent - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    “Houston, this is Mission Control. We have a Problem.” Send the Space Shuttle Lin ASAP or we will go out to the solar system and planets Wiz, Bobcats and Kings

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Felton is a tough dude. Even if Roger Hinds forces him to rest (because he would play through it with a splint like Kobe if he could), he will be back on the front end of that 4-6 window, not the back end. Either way, we’ll have him, Stoudemire and Shump back and fully ready to go in February.

  4. starks3 - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I had a running joke/kinda serious thing going with my friends to campaign for ‘Felton for All-Star’. I was hoping they would put a 3rd pg in the roster and he would make the cut. Unfortunately that won’t happen, as a result it is going to be Rhondo, DWill, and K Irving.

    The injuries are really starting to mount up for this team, Melo, Stat, Shump, Sheed, Camby(been out most of year) and now Felton. Hopefully they can go .500 til all star break when the team hopefully comes together.

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Knicks have a few bumps and bruises but they can make it thru.

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