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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Red-hot Felton playing with pain

By Ian Begley

You wouldn't know it from the numbers he's been putting up, but Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is playing in a significant amount of pain.

And he's OK with that.

"As long as I keep playing on it, it’s going to keep getting whacked every game so it’s not getting better, but not getting worse either," Felton said on Saturday. "So it’s pretty much staying the same."

Felton suffered a bone bruise and contusion on his left hand late in the Knicks' win over Phoenix on Sunday. He played in the Knicks' next game against Charlotte. He struggled with his shot early on but straightened it out once he took the bandage off. And he's been red-hot since.

In his past three games -- all Knicks wins -- Felton's averaging 22.3 points and 7.7 assists while hitting 11 of 24 from beyond the arc. He had a season-high 27 in New York's 20-point win over the Heat.

WOODY DEFENDS 3s: The Knicks have taken 85 3-pointers in the past three games. They've made 31 of them. That's a ratio Mike Woodson can live with.

Woodson, yet again, defended his team's use of the 3-point shot on Saturday. The 14-4 Knicks lead the league in both attempts (535) and makes (218). They are third in 3-point field-goal percentage (40.7).

Woodson says that as long as his players are taking open shots, he's going to continue to give them the green light.

"We're not the only ones that are shooting 3s, we just happen to be making them," Woodson said, pointing to a league-wide increase in 3-point attempts. "If you're going to shoot them that's the whole idea, you've got to make your shots. So, yes, we are going to continue to shoot 3s. We'll continue to mix it up and post Melo (and) our bigs ... I think we've got a nice mixture of what we do offensively and I'm not going to change."

AMAR'E WORKS: Amar'e Stoudemire shot around with team trainers and ran sprints during the Knicks' morning shootaround. He hasn't been cleared to practice yet, but Woodson knows that Stoudemire's practice time will be limited once he gets the green light.

"Games are coming too quickly so we've just got to do things on the fly once he's released and ready to go," the coach said.