Felton unlikely for Thursday; J.R. battling flu

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks will likely still be without point guard Raymond Felton when they begin a three-game Texas road swing Thursday in San Antonio.

Felton has been out since Dec. 10 with a strained right groin.

“I don’t think so,” Mike Woodson said when asked if Felton might be available against the Spurs. “I don’t think so, unless something changes, but I don’t think so.”

Pushed on Felton, Woodson said: “Until the medical and Ray agree he’s ready to go, he’s not on the floor practicing yet. So, I want Ray back in uniform but I can’t push a button and say, ‘Ray, you’re playing tomorrow.’ It’s not that type of deal. He’s got to go through the process and we’ll get him back when he’s ready.”

Felton has been in and out of the lineup this season with groin and hamstring injuries. He’s averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 assists.

The Knicks may also be without backup point guard Pablo Prigioni, who remains out with a hairline fracture of his right big toe. Prigioni said last week he needed another week or so to recover.

Felton, Prigioni and J.R. Smith all got treatment Monday and only did some shooting.

“[Smith] was just taking it easy today,” Woodson said. “He played a lot of minutes based on coming off flu-like symptoms. Hey he’ll be ready to play. He’s not the one, I’m just trying to get those other three guys back ready.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




17 comments
ceeboogie
ceeboogie

jr's habits lead to a poor immune system which leads him to always getting sick. jr is an awful locker room guy, they made it work last year, but not because of him.

and1buckets
and1buckets

Don't worry,his rep is already damaged 'round here. Hell,the season is still young and I'm waiting for another faux pas from limp dips**t.

and1buckets
and1buckets

So some real basketball is in the forecast?

Is J.R lamenting over his brother's soon-to-be exit from the Knicks? Shhhiz, he can hit the bricks,too.

Tikki
Tikki

An interesting write-up by Mike Prada on the Knicks' switch-happy defense:

http://www.sbnation.com/2013/12/30/5247416/new-york-knicks-defense-breakdown

"Consider this: Mike Woodson loudly claims the Knicks shouldn't be switching assignments, yet a rewatch of Saturday's loss in Toronto to the Raptors showed 72 attempted switches . . . the Knicks ended up with nearly a switch per possession. If Woodson really isn't endorsing that strategy, perhaps he should let his players know, because they sure don't seem to be following orders."

(The still-frames alone are worth the click.)

nykwtfman
nykwtfman

Felton may be the best point we have but I thing he's an overweight lazy ballplayer. he may be in general shape but not NBA everyday player type of shape and his injuries are the result of that. And as far as I'm concerned I don't think he's ever really been in top shape.  When was the last time we've seen any of our points break down the defense to the point where they were on some news' reels top ten sports plays....smh, and it's only December!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer

Knicks fans will like Jeremy Tyler. Big kid with talent and athleticism. Plays very hard & with aggressiveness/attitude. Attacks the tin.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Whole team looks to be sick going on the Texas trip. 

fasheezee
fasheezee

I'm not happy they're ailing on a personal note but I really want to see how the team does without both of them. They just might get a couple of wins despite Woodson.

rkj473
rkj473

@Tikki sadly the initial defense of the pick and roll play is piss poor. A major theme coming from those breakdowns in coverage's is the fact that the Knicks cannot keep opposing point guards out of the lane. On a majority of those still-shots, the point guards are in a trailing position which confuses and creates mis-matches.


Sadly this is a coaching and an effort issue. The coach needs to adjust by either trapping on the initial pick n roll or the players need to sacrifice their bodies to get over the initial pick n roll play.

nykwtfman
nykwtfman

@Kiyan Carter lol... but if it were to happen and tests positive, there should be penalties and consequences because he knows and understands what he can and can't do, especially after going through it earlier this year!

Tikki
Tikki

@SheSaidSpikeWho I think Tyler's going to rack up fouls really quick, but think us fans will really appreciate his energy while he's out there.  We need that.