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Dec 6, 2012; Miami FL, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Raymond Felton could miss Suns game

New York Knicks’ point guard Raymond Felton was vital to the Knicks hot start to the season. He has also been a big reason why the Knicks have currently lost 3-of-5.

December 23, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) chases down a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

That’s mostly due to injury as Felton has been playing with bone bruises in both of his hands.

However while that hasn’t kept Felton out of the lineup, another hand injury just may.

Felton sprained his left pinkie yesterday in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 100-94 loss to the Lakers during a scramble with the Lakers’ Steve Nash for a loose ball.

However it’s this pinky injury that could force Felton to the sidelines Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns, which may be a good thing.

The hand injuries have clearly affected Felton’s play as of late.

He was brutal from the floor once again against the Lakers, finishing with 10 points on 5-of-19 shooting from the field in 35 minutes.

Because of the recent shooting slump, Felton’s field goal percentage has dipped to 39.5 percent and despite taking very good care of the basketball overall, he couldn’t get Carmelo Anthony the basketball in the fourth quarter yesterday against the Lakers.

If the Knicks are going to have long-term success, Felton is going to have to play a big role. If he is running out there injured and shooting the Knicks out of hot streaks and games, it doesn’t make much sense for him to be out there.

With games against the Suns and the Kings on the road remaining before the calendar switches to 2013, it makes sense to give Felton a week to heal up.

Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni should be just fine for a couple of games.

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