Raymond Felton Injury: Updates on Knicks Guard's Neck
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):
Felton on his head/neck: "It’s a little sore right now. Best thing I can do is try to put some heat on it, see what happens in the morning."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 11, 2013
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Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times first reported the injury on Twitter:
Felton looked to hit teammate Amare Stoudemire and Clips forward Lamar Odom when he went down. Felton taken back to lockerroom— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 10, 2013
Al Iannazzone of Newsday also noted that it appeared to be a neck injury:
Felton headed to the locker room after seeming to hurt his neck.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) February 10, 2013
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:
Raymond Felton is back in the game. Immediately makes a play for Amar'e Stoudemire.— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) February 10, 2013
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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