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Raymond Felton Injury: Updates on Knicks Guard's Neck

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 116-107.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2013

The New York Knicks might have another injury to deal with as guard Raymond Felton seems to have hurt his neck against the Los Angeles Clippers

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8:21 p.m. EST by Tim Keeney

After New York's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Felton gave an update on how he was feeling (via ESPN's Ian Begley):

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Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times first reported the injury on Twitter:

Al Iannazzone of Newsday also noted that it appeared to be a neck injury:

Felton did not remain in the locker room for very long. He quickly returned to the bench, as noted by New York Times' Nate Taylor:

Still, this is something for the team and fans to keep an eye on.

Felton had 12 points before exiting the game for the first time, which actually was second on the team behind the 38 points by Carmelo Anthony.

Overall, the point guard has been a huge part of the team's success this season in his second stint with New York. 

He entered Sunday's matchup against the Clippers ranked third on the team with 14.8 points per game. This would be the second-highest mark of his career, behind the 17.1 points per game that he averaged with the Knicks in the 2010-11 season.

The veteran also leads the team with 6.3 assists.

New York is one of the few squads in the NBA that could afford an injury at this position. The Knicks have incredible depth with both Jason Kidd and Iman Shumpert able to run the offense if Felton is forced to miss any time.

However, Felton is still the player that has made the offense run so successfully this season. Any potential injury should be handled carefully—both by Felton and the team—to avoid any long-term damage.

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