Knicks' Raymond Felton sidelined with pinched nerve in hip
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Knicks were down another starter Tuesday night when point guard Raymond Felton sat against the Pistons at the Palace because of a hip injury.
Felton was pulled out of practice Monday by coach Mike Woodson because of what Felton is calling a "pinched nerve" in his left hip. Felton suffered the injury during a collision with a Spurs big man (he isn't sure which one) on Nov. 10.
Beno Udrih replaced Felton for the Knicks, who were also without the injured Tyson Chandler and Metta World Peace. Udrih was scoreless in 18 minutes and had four assists.
"It's very tough," Felton said Tuesday morning. "Me, I'm just not the type of guy who complains. I'm still trying to come out and play through whatever, trying to do whatever I can to help this team, but at the same time, I don't want to hinder the team. So if I'm not able to do the things I'm normally capable of doing -- which is moving laterally, staying in front of my man and being aggressive and getting into the paint -- if I'm not able to do that, if I feel the same way that I've been feeling before, then I'm going to have to really consider thinking about resting and letting it heal a little bit."
Felton, who said he believes he's over the hamstring injury that bothered him in training camp, is off to a slow start this season. He is averaging 11.1 points and 5.2 assists and shooting 37.6 percent. Woodson said Felton is day-to-day.
Asked how much of a rest he might need, Felton said: "I'm not a doctor. It's a nerve; it's a pinched nerve. You can't put no timetable on that. It's not a bone, it's not a muscle. It's just one of those things that's just got to go away."
The Knicks were also missing World Peace, whom Woodson confirmed had fluid drained from his knee recently. Woodson said he hoped World Peace could return Wednesday night when the Knicks host the red-hot Indiana Pacers, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season.
Asked if he was concerned about World Peace's knee, Woodson said: "There's a lot of concerns right now."
Either way, the Knicks will be short in the frontcourt. Amar'e Stoudemire's night to play was Tuesday night, so he will sit against the Pacers.
"It's been tough," Woodson said. "And I'm not complaining. Last year, we had the same kind of problems. I thought coming out of camp [last year] we had already solidified our rotation. We had chemistry coming out of camp. Coming out of this camp, we just haven't been able to put chemistry together based on guys not actually being able to get through camp. It's just been a lot of what ifs. That's what I've been searching for -- a solid rotation, guys getting comfortable with one another from a chemistry standpoint."