After the New York Knicks were embarrassed once again Tuesday night, this time at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Knicks have a quick turnaround as they will host the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night.
Unfortunately for them, they will likely have to do so without point guard Raymond Felton.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Felton re-injured the nagging hamstring while trying to push the ball up in the third quarter. He left the game and sat the final 18 minutes.
Felton also told reporters after the game that he will likely not be available for the Chicago game, saying “The way I feel right now, I have no chance.”
He also noted that the Knicks medical staff is urging him to rest.
“If I can’t go out there and play and perform, it’s not good for me to be out there. But I’m a warrior and I want to be out there with my teammates [to] fight out of this slump we’re in. If I can’t be 100 percent — which I haven’t been, but I’m trying — maybe I just need to sit down.”
That’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Knicks as Felton hasn’t been very good this year. Some of that has to do with the nagging hamstring injury that has bothered him since training camp, but some of his struggles are simply due to the fact that Felton simply isn’t among the quality point guards in the league.
His numbers of 10.3 points, 5.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game are all below his career numbers and the lowest of any season he has played for the Knicks.
However he was starting to pick things up a bit before the recent hamstring pull.
His absence leaves the Knicks in a bind.
The team runs much better at the offensive end of the floor with Pablo Prigioni at the helm, but Knicks head coach Mike Woodson often mishandles Prigioni and his minutes.
That leaves Beno Udrih as the guy that will likely get the most minutes and while I feel Udrih can still do some good things to help this Knicks team this year, the fact that he has been buried at the end of the bench for most of the year doesn’t give you much confidence that he can step right in and do an above average job.
The Knicks front office has the knack to overvalue their own players. We have seen it with guys like Felton and J.R. Smith among others.
Sitting at 5-15, tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks simply don’t have the answers to turn things around whether they are healthy or not.