The New York Knicks may get some good news for the holidays on the injury front as it pertains to their thin point guard position.
Currently out with a strained hamstring, it looks like the Knicks could get starting point guard Raymond Felton back sooner, rather than later.
ESPN’s Ian Begley has reported that Felton is targeting a return to the lineup Monday against the Orlando Magic.
Felton, 29, will go through a “hard workout” Friday and Sunday. If his hamstring can withstand those workouts without incident, Felton plans to be back for the Knicks’ game against Orlando.
Felton pulled his left hamstring during his team’s 109-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 10.
He has be battling hamstring issues all season, but even if he is healthy, it remains to be seen what type of impact Felton will offer as he hasn’t been playing particularly well even when healthy.
The eight-year pro has played in 16 of the Knicks 25 games this season so far, averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 assists per game, but ding so while shooting only 39.4 percent from the floor and only 29.7 from behind the arc. Felton has also been lousy at the defensive end of the floor all season long.
He has been severely outplayed by the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih as of late and while the Knicks have gone only 3-6 in his absence, compared to 5-11 with him on the floor, it is worth noting that the Knicks have gone 3-2 in the latest five-game stretch with Felton sidelined.
However his presence gives the Knicks added depth at the position as rookies Toure’ Murry and Chris Smith are the only current healthy backups to Udrih at the moment and Murry is now listed as questionable with a sprained ankle.
With Felton back, Udrih will likely return to his role as a backup, and Murry, who is expected to play Saturday against Memphis, will be the Knicks’ third point guard.