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 hopes to return later this month

One thing that has been up and down for the New York Knicks during the past 12 games has been the play of the team’s point guards.

While Jason Kidd looked fantastic Saturday night in the win over Orlando, the Knicks were at their best with Kidd at the 2 and Raymond Felton manning the point guard spot.

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 may happen again sooner rather than later as Felton told Newsday’s Al Iannazzone that he hopes to be back later in the month.

The Knicks fly to London on January 14 and Felton told Iannazzone that he is targetting Boston on Jan. 24 or Philadelphia on Jan. 26.

“Once my bone heals, it’s probably up to my comfort,” he said. “Hopefully the bone will heal before we leave for London,” Felton told Iannazzone. “”Probably not Brooklyn [Jan. 21] from what me and Doc talked about. So either that Boston or maybe that Philly game.”

That’s good news and even better news that Felton’s injured pinkie didn’t require surgery. If it had, he would be looking at 8-12 weeks because it would have required pins and screws to be inserted into his hand.

The important thing is that Felton gets healthy. If he comes back less than 100 percent and has problems shooting the basketball then he really is doing the team no good.

When he first injured the pinkie on Christmas Day against the Lakers, Felton was also playing with bone bruises in each hand which cause his field goal percentage to drop from 41.8 percent in November to 37.7 percent in December.

Even a bigger drop occured in Felton’s three-point shooting, which sank from 40.3 percent in November to 29.6 percent in December.

But if the Knicks get Felton back healthy around the same time they get guard Iman Shumpert back, then this team could become real dangerous, real quick.

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