Sunday, December 22, 2013
Felton (hamstring) questionable vs. Magic
By Ian Begley
The Knicks may have their starting point guard back on Monday.
Raymond Felton is listed as questionable for the Knicks' road game against Orlando. He has been out since Dec. 11 with a left hamstring strain.
Raymond Felton could return to the Knicks lineup on Monday.
Felton hasn't scrimmaged with his teammates yet and is admittedly at less full health.
"I can't say I'm totally 100 percent after doing some tests these last two days but I can say I'm better than the last time I came back from the last injury," Felton said after Sunday's practice.
Felton originally suffered the hamstring injury in the preseason. It had been nagging him for most of the season. He missed four games due to hip and hamstring injuries in late November and aggravated the injury shortly after coming back.
The original timetable for Felton's injury, given on Dec. 12, called for the 29-year-old to miss 2-3 weeks. So a Monday return would put the point guard ahead of schedule.
Felton admittedly is concerned about re-injuring the hamstring when he comes back.
"If you keep aggravating something possibly it could tear and I definitely don't want that so I'm just trying to be cautious for sure this time and make sure I'm 100 percent," he said.
Mike Woodson mentioned that Felton may be on a minutes limit when he returns, per directions from the Knicks' medical staff.
Felton's averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 assists while shooting 39 percent from the field this year. Last season, he scored 13.9 points per game on 43 percent shooting. He's also shooting just 28 percent from beyond the arc this season. Last year, he shot 36 percent.
Injuries clearly have hampered him.
Felton's return would give the Knicks (8-18) some much-needed point guard depth.
With Felton back, Udrih will likely return to his role as a backup, and Toure' Murry will be the Knicks' third point guard.
Scared of MSG? With a smile on his face, J.R. Smith jokingly wondered why the Knicks were just 4-10 at the Garden.
"I don't know, honestly. Maybe some people don't like playing at the Garden, the lights are too bright, I don't know," Smith said. "I need victories, I'll take 'em on the road or home."
Is J.R. one of those people who don't like MSG?
"Nah, I like it. I love it. That's where to play. On Broadway," he said.
MWP Questionable:Metta World Peace is expected to make the trip to Orlando with the Knicks but he is listed as questionable.
World Peace missed Saturday's game against Memphis due to a sore left knee.
Toure' Murry (ankle) was held back a bit in practice on Sunday but it sounds as if he'll play on Monday.
Sweetwater Clifton Award: The Knicks honored 17-year-old Daniel Ortiz and 14-year-old David Ortiz of Long Island during Saturday's game. They saved two young boys from a burning home in their neighborhood.