Just when you think the New York Knicks are getting healthy, the injuries keep on coming for the 21-8 Knicks.
This time it is point guard Raymond Felton and it could be a big blow to the Knicks lineup.
Mike Woodson’s starting point guard was playing with bone bruises in both hands, but had to miss the Phoenix game Wednesday night with an injury to his pinkie finger. That injury has turned out to be a fractured pinkie and will require surgery that could keep Felton out of the Knicks’ lineup for 4-6 weeks.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman reported:
Raymond Felton, the team’s starting point guard, said last night he has a fracture in his right pinkie, discovered following an X-ray. He added he will likely need surgery and be out four to six weeks…
…Felton will fly to New York tomorrow and see a hand specialist to confirm the next course of action, a Knicks official said.
‘I may need surgery,’ Felton said. ‘I got to do what’s best for my hand so I can get back and help this team.’
The hand injuries have affected Felton’s play as of late in a big way. His shooting percentage has dropped to 39.5 percent, but he was still averaging 15.8 points, 6.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Those numbers will be missed, as will the way Felton has taken care of the basketball this season, averaging just slightly over two turnovers per contest.
It’s all but certain that Jason Kidd will slide over to man the point in Felton’s absence.
In his first start at the lead guard spot against the Suns, Kidd scored 23 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds.
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