With J.R. Smith suspended for Game 4, the New York Knicks needed someone to fill the void of secondary scorer behind Carmelo Anthony. Smith’s foolish elbow during the Knicks’ blowout Game 3 win against the Boston Celtics had left New York looking for answers as to how to replace the NBA Sixth Man of the year’s 18 plus points per game and found a taker in their point guard – Raymond Felton.
Felton dropped 16 of his 27 total points during the Knicks’ rallying comeback in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. He was as efficient as he was productive, having made of 10 of his 21 shots to go along with his four rebounds and three assists in 47 and half minutes of play.
Although it may not have been enough on Sunday, it has to be refreshing for Knicks fans to see that there would be some help available to Carmelo without second in command Smith available. With J.R. slated to come back for Game 5, Felton will undoubtedly go back to a more reserved role concerned with running the offense as opposed to scoring the basketball in an individual fashion.
New York may look for a little more help from their bench, which produced only seven points on 25-percent shooting. Boston, on the other hand, saw their bench produce 22 points, led by Jason Terry who had 18. Terry seemed to play inspired ball after being victimized by Smith’s elbow in Friday’s game.
Despite the loss, New York will look to close out their series against the Celtics on Wednesday at the garden.