With Felton (broken pinky) out, you'd think that some of the opposing point guards would give the Knicks fits because the 39-year-old Jason Kidd lacks lateral quickness at this stage in his career.
But New York has managed just fine without Felton, holding opposing point guards to 3.5 fewer points per game with Felton out, compared to the 28 games prior to his injury. Point guards have also shot 6.5 percentage points less during Felton's absence.
But those numbers also have a lot to do with the quality of point guard the Knicks have faced. Outside of Parker, Williams and Lillard, they were facing some of the league's most underwhelming lead guards.
That all changes Thursday when they take on Boston's Rondo, who is one of the top PGs on the planet.
Mike Woodson would be wise to stick Iman Shumpert on Rondo. But Shumpert is on a 20-minute limit so what happens when Shumpert's on the bench?