Raymond Felton's Injury Creates Weakness For New York Knicks

By A.J. Speier
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During their three-game road trip, the New York Knicks received some news that could potentially change the outcome of their season.

Aside from superstar Amar’e Stoudemire getting closer to making his season-debut, the Knicks learned that they would be without Raymond Felton for 4-6 weeks.

Felton suffered a broken right pinkie when he was fighting for a loose ball with Steve Nash in the Knicks’ Christmas Day matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. On Thursday, Felton flew to New York to see a hand specialist, who told him surgery would not be required.

While the Knicks were able to pull out a 99-97 win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Friday’s 106-105 loss to the Sacramento Kings showed how important Felton is to the Knicks.

The Knicks moved Jason Kidd to starting point guard to make up for the loss of Felton. With Kidd switching back to his old position, James White was forced to start at shooting guard.

The Kings scored 71 points in the first half and despite the Knicks making a 27-point comeback, Kidd gave the game away to Kings when it mattered most.

With 1:47 left, the Knicks held a 105-101 lead, but Kidd turned the ball over twice while trying to run down the clock and the Kings were able to squeak out a win on James Johnson 3-pointer at the buzzer.

It is worth noting that the Knicks were without their other superstar Carmelo Anthony, but the Kings, who have a 10-19 record, were also without their superstar in Tyreke Evans. Both players were held out with knee injuries.

The Sacramento game showed that the Knicks age is going to be a problem for them in their immediate future. Kidd is 39 years old and the backup point guard Pablo Prigioni is 35 years old.

Head Coach Mike Woodson told the media that both J.R. Smith and White could see some time at point guard to help reduce playing time for Kidd, but if the Sacramento game is any indication, the Knicks are in trouble.

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