New York Knicks starting point guard Raymond Felton will be sidelined for at least a month after fracturing his right pinkie finger, the New York Post is reporting.
Felton suffered the injury during the Knicks’ Christmas Day loss to the Los Angeles Lakers as he and Lakers’ point guard Steve Nash fought for a loose ball.
After the game, x-rays revealed a fractured right fifth finger, which will be examined again in New York City on Thursday to determine if surgery is required. Felton, who sat out in the Knicks’ win over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night, confirmed that he could undergo surgery, but it will not cause him to miss the rest of the season.
Felton told the Post:
“I may need surgery. I got to do what’s best for my hand so I can get back and help this team. It felt like it was this bad because there was also pain in my thumb. But I didn’t think it was this much. I was hurt and angry. It’s swollen. It was basically purple when I got up this morning. It’s sore and it hurts.”
For the season, Felton, 28, is averaging 15.8 PPG, 6.3 APG, and 2.9 RPG for the Knicks.
Coach Mike Woodson said if Felton is out for an extended period Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni will share most responsibility for the point guard position, with J.R. Smith also contributing.
“We just have to go back and assess it and see where we are and go from there, but again, like I said, injuries occur. Key guys get banged up here and there, and we have enough guys on our team that guys just got to step up and play until guys get back. That’s how it’s got to be.” Woodson said.
ESPNNewYork.com’s Jared Zwerling discusses Raymond Felton’s injury in the video below: