- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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A day later, Raymond Felton's neck is still sore.
Felton woke up Wednesday morning sore but hopeful that the pain in his neck wouldn't linger into Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors.
"I'm sore, but I'm OK," Felton said Monday night at the team's charity bowling event to support Madison Square Garden's Garden of Dreams Foundation.
Felton was on the floor for two tense minutes on Sunday afternoon after he hit the front of his head on Stoudemire and then hit the back of his head on Odom in the third quarter of the Knicks' loss to the Clippers.
"I felt like I got hit like a ping pong. I got hit from different sides," Felton said after the game. "I was looking at the replay, got hit from the front, got hit from the back, got hit from the side. But whatever, I’m alright."
Felton chose not to bowl with the rest of his teammates on Monday as a precautionary measure. It is unclear if he will practice on Tuesday.
One thing the Knicks' point guard will be focused on after the All-Star break is catching the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We are No. 2 in the East right now and we want to continue to grow on that after the break," Felton said of the Knicks, who entered play Monday 2 1/2 games back of the Heat. "(Winning the East is) one of our goals. for sure. You get the No. 1 seed, you're definitely guaranteed (to be) a division winner and all those things. But at the same time, as long as we continue to get better, work on what we need to work on before the postseason, we'll be OK."
MELO: WE ARE HERE FOR SHUMP: Iman Shumpert on Sunday expressed frustration with his play in his first 12 games since coming back from ACL surgery.
Shumpert has admittedly had a tough time getting acclimated on both ends of the floor, which is understandable considering he missed eight months while rehabbing his knee.
Shumpert has also been the subject of recent trade rumors.
Carmelo Anthony said on Monday that the second-year guard has the full support of the Knicks' locker room.
"The injury he has takes time. We know that, he knows that. It gets frustrating at a times for him. I could see it, I talk to him, I hear about it. But most importantly we have guys on the team that's going to help him through it," Anthony said at the Garden of Dreams event. "We know that's going to take some time. We just need him to give us what he can give us at this point."
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