Things have been going very well for the New York Knicks early in the season, as the team is 12-4 and playing excellent basketball. But the Knicks may be about to hit one of the first speed bumps of the season, as Raymond Felton is in danger of missing time due to a left hand injury.
UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 10:57 a.m. ET
Felton, Kidd and Prigioni will play. Kidd will come off bench and said the headband has been retired. Just a bandaid covering the cut.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 5, 2012
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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
The news could be far worse on Felton's hand. There are no breaks, or anything that would appear to keep him out of action for any length of time. New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone hit us with this update.
The MRI on Raymond Felton's hand revealed a contusion and a bone bruise. He is day to day, the knicks said.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 2, 2012
Again, great news for the Knicks as they try to keep their hot start rolling.
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Felton wasn't fazed by the injury on Sunday, finishing with 23 points, seven assists and three rebounds in 39 minutes of play. But according to Ian Begley of ESPN, he'll have an MRI on the hand:
Ray Felton going for an MRI on left hand. He's in pain, but hopes to play Weds vs. CHA. #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 2, 2012
According to Begley, Felton noted, "It got jammed," and added, "It hurts. It's swollen right now. It's a lot of pain, but we'll see what happens."
Felton is a pretty tough dude—and the injury is to his non-shooting hand—so unless he has a broken bone, I would expect him to play.
That would be ideal for the Knicks, obviously. Felton has been very good this season, averaging 14.6 points, 6.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 32.9 minutes per game.
He's certainly helped folks in New York forget about that Jeremy Lin guy. Paired with Jason Kidd in the backcourt, Felton has given the Knicks surprisingly strong guard play this season.
But you don't have to take my word for it—I'll let ESPN's Bruce Bowen break it down for you.
If the Knicks are going to be legitimate contenders for an NBA title this season, it will be because role players like Felton step up and deliver. We know what players like Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler are capable of, but that trio alone can't beat the Miami Heat in a seven-game series.
But if players like Felton, Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Rasheed Wallace and Steve Novak can produce in their roles, the Knicks could be a dangerous team in the East. Heaven knows this team has plenty of experience on the roster.
But Felton has been a bright spot, and the Knicks will certainly be hoping that MRI comes back with nothing of interest to report. Keep it here as more updates become available on Felton.
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