Felton sidelined; won't need surgery

raymond felton of new york knicks out with broken finger

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton won't need surgery on his broken right pinky finger and is expected to be out at least a month.

Felton consulted with a hand specialist Thursday after flying home from Phoenix and will be in a splint to stabilize the finger, the team said in a statement. Felton, who could miss 4 to 6 weeks, was injured during the Knicks' loss to the Lakers on Christmas.

He is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, helping the Knicks to a 21-8 start. But his shot has been off lately while he battled hand pain, dropping his shooting percentage below 40 percent.

''I was hurt, angry, it happens,'' he said. ''It was a freak accident so you can't be too upset.''

The Knicks still have Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni at point guard.

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