MIAMI -- Raymond Felton went 1-for-7 and scored two points in 31 minutes against Miami on Thursday, two days after he was arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies.
Felton didn’t want to use his arrest and the subsequent charges as an excuse for his play.
“Of course it’s a lot going through my mind but I’m on the basketball court and I’m out here playing, so there’s no excuses,” Felton said. “The ball just didn’t go in the hole for me; it was just one of those nights.”
Barring unforeseen punishment from the NBA or the Knicks or Felton deciding to take a leave of absence, the Knicks are expected to have Felton for the rest of the season.
Felton said he appreciated the support of his teammates.
“It’s always good to be around these guys, the guys that have showed me so much support. But I still wish we could have gotten a win, it would have been so much better,” Felton said.
Before the game, Knicks coach Mike Woodson noted that the team would continue to rally around Felton.
“Ray needs us in a desperate way. He’s going through some tough times right now. As a part of the family we’re not going to abandon the guy,” Woodson said. “Ray was a big piece to the puzzle last year. He’s had his ups and downs this year. To me, you got to help him. You can’t kick him to the curb. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
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