The Knicks must live without point guard Raymond Felton for 4-6 weeks but he will not have to undergo surgery on his fractured right pinkie, the team announced.
Felton injured the finger in the third quarter of Tuesday’s loss to the L.A. Lakers, and he returned to New York Thursday to consult with a hand specialist.
“This is not a season-ending injury,” Felton told reporters in Phoenix, according to Newsday. “It’s something that will last four to six weeks at the most.”
Felton is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists for the 21-8 Knicks, who have 39-year-old Jason Kidd to back him up. Kidd went for 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the team’s 99-97 win Wednesday at Phoenix.
The Felton injury also means increased minutes for backup point guard Pablo Prigioni.
“We just have to go back and assess it and see where we are and go from there, but again, like I said, injuries occur,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters in Phoenix. “Key guys get banged up here and there, and we have enough guys on our team that guys just got to step up and play until guys get back. That’s how it’s got to be.”
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