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Monday, December 17, 2012
Felton has bone bruises on both hands

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, NY -- We knew that Raymond Felton had been playing with a bone bruise in his left hand for the past two weeks.

The point guard revealed on Monday morning that he's playing with a bone bruise on his right hand as well.

"Both of my hands are messed up, but whatever. I'm still playing," Felton said.

Felton bruised his right hand while falling to the floor recently. The bruise is near his knuckle on his right pointer finger.

The 28-year-old Felton has been a pivotal piece in the Knicks' 18-5 start, averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 assists per game.

In other injury news, Mike Woodson said he isn't concerned over Rasheed Wallace missing his second straight game due to a sore left foot.

"If he’s tender in his foot there is no need in pushing the issue," Woodson said. "It’s like a marathon. We got a long way to go."

Marcus Camby continues to run but has not been cleared to practice. He has missed the Knicks' past eight games due to plantar fascia in his left foot.

"The good thing is he’s on the floor. But he’s not ready yet," Woodson said.

ROCKET FUEL: It sounds like the Knicks are highly motivated to face Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets on Monday. But it has little to do with Lin's return to the Garden. They're more fired up to face the same Rockets team that beat them by 28 points in Houston last month.

"This is the only team that really blew us out the whole year, so we definitely owe them something," Raymond Felton said. "They kicked our butt. That's all I can say. They beat the brakes off of us, man. We're looking to defend our home court, like always. Nothing (any) more special about this game."

James Harden torched the Knicks for 33 points and Chandler Parsons had a career-high 31. Lin finished with 13 points and seven rebounds as the Rockets put up 131 points.

"We just got to hope like hell our defense is on and they’re not making shots like they were," Woodson said. "They were great at their place. That was just one of the games we just didn’t have nothing in our tank for some reason. We’ve been pretty good at home. We’ll see what happens tonight."

On Lin, who came off the bench to lead the Knicks to seven straight wins in February, Woodson said, "It was a good run. We wish him nothing but the best until he plays our team. I’m proud of what we have. That’s what I got to focus on. I’m proud of (Jason) Kidd, Pablo (Prigioni) and Raymond and the way they’ve played this year so far. That’s what’s important to me right now."

Felton said he doesn't look at Monday's game as a referendum on the Knicks' decision to let Lin walk over the summer. He respects what Lin did, but doesn't feel pressure to get into a one-on-one battle with the Rockets point guard.

"What Jeremy did was something that nobody had seen in many years, probably ever in basketball," Felton said. "What he did for those two,three weeks it was amazing. But at the same time, it's a new year, new season. We've got a lot of new guys added to this team."