Felton nearing return

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The New York Knicks are close to getting their starting point guard Raymond Felton back. Felton’s been out since Christmas when he fractured his pinky finger against the Los Angeles Lakers. On Tuesday, the doctors finally cleared Felton to participate in non-contact practices, better then nothing right?

Raymond Felton, out since late December with a fractured right pinky suffered against the Lakers on Christmas Day, was cleared Tuesday for non-contact practice.

Felton took part in conditioning drills and was taking jumpers, working with shooting coach Dave Hopla while the Knicks scrimmaged.

“I feel great, I feel good, just waiting to get back on the court, that’s all,” he said after practice. “I’ve been out for about four weeks, so it’s been painful, it’s been terrifying. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and helping my teammates.”(Zags Blog)

The Knicks could definitely use Felton back in the lineup. He was having a pretty good season prior to the injury averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists per game. The team’s suffered with him out averaging only 108.5 per 100 possessions, with Felton that number was 116.

Raymond is targeting Saturday night when the Knicks face the Philadelphia 76ers as his return. He’s said there is a “big” chance he returns then but it’s far from guaranteed with him only cleared for non-contact practice. Head coach Mike Woodson wants him back but but doesn’t want to rush him.

“I got to get Raymond back eventually and when they tell me he is cleared to play then we’ll get him back in there and we’ll get him back up to speed. He is a big part of what we are missing, So we do miss him.”(Zags Blog)

As a Knicks fan I hope that return date is closer to Saturday then later as this team really does need him back.

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