Raymond Felton’s Slump Hurting Knicks

New York Knicks’ point guard Raymond Felton got off to an outstanding start to the 2012-13 season.

Dec. 21, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) shoots over Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Bulls won 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

He had a point to prove and through a quarter of the season he proved all the doubters wrong to the point that Knicks’ fans stopped saying the name Jeremy Lin every day for a while.

But given Felton’s recent performances, that seems like a very long time ago and not just a couple of weeks.

Felton is struggling shooting the ball big time and it is hurting the team at the moment. He just can’t get the ball to drop.

Sure he finished with 21 points Friday night against the Chicago Bulls, but he made only 9-of-21 shots in the Knicks’ four-point loss, starting the game 3-of-12 from the floor.

Wednesday night, Felton wasn’t much better, making only 4-of-15 attempts in a win against the Nets.

In his last 11 games, Felton has shot over 45 percent from the floor only twice.  The good news is that he is still averaging 18.1 points per game during that span, but the bad news is that he is shooting only 38 percent from the floor and only 32 percent from behind the arc.

That’s compared to shooting 42 percent from the floor in November and 40 percent from behind the arc.

His shooting problems can likely be attributed to having bone bruises in each hand, which can’t be easy to shoot the rock pain free.

The good news is that Felton is still running the Knicks’ offense at a high level and taking care of the basketball extraordinarily. But he has to start getting that shooting touch back.

The Knicks simply can’t have him shooting them out of games.

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Topics: New York Knicks, Raymond Felton

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