Raymond Felton will not need surgery to stabilize his fractured left pinky finger. However, he will still be out 4-6 weeks as anticipated. Felton suffered the injury Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was going for a loose ball when the ball hit his pinky.
Nate Taylor of the New York Times says Felton saw a hand specialist yesterday in New York and was told he will not need surgery. There was a concern that the injury may keep Felton out longer if surgery was required, so the visit was a good one. Unfortunately, the Knicks will have to do without Felton for a long stretch.
Felton is averaging 15.8 points per game this season and 6.3 assists per game. So far, this year has been his best statistically. He has stepped up as the Knicks have stepped up, and his loss will be a big one.
The Knicks are 21-8 and in second place in the Eastern Conference. They are having their best season in recent memory. However, injuries like Felton's can derail a team quickly if there isn't a solid contingency plan in place. For the Knicks, that contingency plan will be to use a combination of point guards. Jason Kidd will surely get much more time at the point, but he can't run a team for a full game anymore. For the next 4-6 weeks, the Knicks will be playing point guard with a rotation of players.
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