Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Felton expects to return vs. Clippers
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Raymond Felton said there's a "95 percent chance" he will play against the Los Angeles Clippers, barring an overnight setback, after missing the past four games with a nerve issue in his hip and leg.
The Knicks finally have some good news with Ray Felton's expected return to the starting lineup.
"I had a good practice today, hopefully nothing flares up on me tonight," Felton said on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "It’s like a nerve, a pinched nerve shooting all the way down my leg from my hips, it has been pretty much both [hip and leg]."
The Knicks need Felton after losing their sixth straight game in Portland on Monday night. Following that game, Amar'e Stoudemire said he was frustrated and pointed out that the Knicks needed to move the ball better. Coach Mike Woodson said he would address Stoudemire's comments with the team and remarks made by Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony that the Knicks weren't having any fun with all the losing.
"No, he hasn’t [lost the locker room]," Felton said. "We still respect Coach [Woodson]. ... He definitely hasn't lost us, at all. We love him as a coach, we love him as a mentor, we love him as a father figure. Everything you can think about. We love Coach Woodson."
Felton said he spoke to Stoudemire, and the Knicks talked to one another at practice on Tuesday about the comments that were made before and after the loss to Portland. Felton said he is to blame for the lack of ball movement.
"It’s my fault, I am going to take the blame for that," Felton said about the ball movement. "Even though I haven’t been playing [due to injuries], I am going to take the blame for that. It is my job to make sure the ball is moving and it is my job to make sure guys are getting shots. It is my job to make sure the offense is moving fully.
"Coach Woodson has a great offense and he never tells nobody you can't shoot, you can't dribble the ball and make a play. We just got to as a team run the system and go with the ball. And that is my job. I am going to take the blame on that. That’s all on Raymond."