The New York Knicks may be without Carmelo Anthony again, so Raymond Felton looks to continue shaking off his own injury in an attempt to pick up the slack in his absence.
Maybe one of these days James Dolan will get around to explaining his reasons for waving goodbye to Jeremy Lin and signing off on acquiring Raymond Felton.
And the Knicks’ starting point guard did not disappoint.
Felton finished with a team-high 27 points to go along with seven assists and two steals, leading the Knicks to another 20-point defeat of the defending champs.
“Raymond has been playing unbelievable,” Tyson Chandler said after the game.
No Carmelo Anthony, not a problem. The Knicks still made it a game, thanks to back-to-back shots by Steve Novak and then one by Raymond Felton towards the end of the second quarter. But they need more overall scoring beyond their starting point guard.
Here are several main observations at the half:
1. Raymond Felton made sure to pick it up without Anthony. Felton knew that more would fall on him and Tyson Chandler in the pick-and-roll, and the point guard shifted into high gear.
The Knicks will visit an improved Charlotte Bobcats team Wednesday night, a day before their showdown Thursday in Miami against the Heat.
Here are a few things to watch:
HOW SHARP ARE FELTON AND KIDD? Raymond Felton will play through pain on Wednesday. The Knicks’ starting point guard suffered a bone bruise and contusion in the lower portion of his left hand and will play with added padding on his left thumb and palm.
“It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to play,” said Felton.
The Knicks are also optimistic that Jason Kidd (back spasms) will return from a four-game absence. Kidd says he’ll play against the Bobcats but might not start.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson called Kidd “probable” and wants to see how the 39-year-old feels on Wednesday morning, presumably after the morning shootaround in Charlotte.
When the Knicks left the Garden on Sunday, it looked as if they would start their three-game road trip without their banged-up starting backcourt. As it turns out, both Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd expect to play Wednesday.
On the Knicks: “A win in Milwaukee is a good win these days, but the Knicks wouldn’t dare suggest that they’re all the way back to their early November best in terms of swarming D and draining 3s. Not with 39-year-old glue of the operation Jason Kidd ailing and Raymond Felton dealing a bruised hand.
Today’s Burning Question: How could the Knicks adjust looking ahead to Wednesday if not only Jason Kidd is out, but Raymond Felton as well?
Since last week, Kidd has been listed as day-to-day with lower back spasms. Now, his backcourt sidekick, Felton, is day-to-day with a contusion and bone bruise on his left hand, suffered towards the end of the fourth quarter in the Knicks’ Sunday win over the Suns.
BROOKLYN — With Jason Kidd out with back spasms, Mike Woodson called up Kurt Thomas to the starting lineup for Monday night’s highly-anticipated matchup against the Nets. That means that Carmelo Anthony will move to small forward, with Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer and Tyson Chandler rounding out the five.
With the adjustment, expect more of Marcus Camby because of the Nets’ frontcourt.
“I thought Marcus looked sharp the other night in the minutes that he played,” Woodson said pregame.