Some good news is about to be bestowed upon the New York Knicks. Here’s Ian Begley from ESPN New York with his report:
PHILADELPHIA — Raymond Felton will return to the New York Knicks lineup on Saturday night after missing nearly five weeks with a fractured right pinky.
Felton will start at point guard for the Knicks against the Sixers and is expected to play without a minutes restriction.
“If I need to play him 40 (minutes), I might play him 40,” coach Mike Woodson said.
Raymond Felton hasn’t played since Christmas Day when the Knicks lost to the Lakers. Felton got off to a good start before slowly dropping off as he had three different injuries with his hand.
Felton was acquired by the Knicks last July in a trade that mostly involved Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric. This is his second stint with the Knicks. He signed as a free agent in the summer of 2010 after spending five years with the Charlotte Bobcats. Felton thrived in his half-season with the Knicks before he was dealt to Denver in that blockbuster Carmelo Anthony deal. He spent some time in Denver and was not happy to split time with Ty Lawson. Then Felton was traded to Portland, where he spent possibly the worst season of his career. The Knicks then re-acquired him.
Raymond Felton was acquired after the Knicks decided to let Jeremy Lin go. The Knicks’ fans were quite unhappy of letting Lin go before Felton proved to be a good player for less money (Lin would sign a three-year, $25 million offer sheet with the Rockets). Thus far, he has averaged 15.8 points and 6.3 assists… though his shooting has dropped off to .396 after he played through hand injuries.
The Knicks were 20-8 with Felton and 6-6 without him, which brings them to an overall record of 26-14. Time will tell if Felton really was the main difference for this team. They play a well-rested Philadelphia team, who last played against Milwaukee in a loss.