Raymond Felton confident he'll return to Knicks lineup Saturday

Denver's Corey Brewer tries to strip the ball

Denver's Corey Brewer tries to strip the ball from Raymond Felton in the first half. (Dec. 9, 2012) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Raymond Felton said there's a "big chance" he'll play Saturday in Philadelphia. He also said if he breaks his right pinkie again, he'll miss at least two months.

Felton, who fractured his pinkie on Christmas Day, was cleared Tuesday to dribble, shoot, pass and receive passes without wearing a brace.

"Basically, I can use my right hand again," Felton said.

He hasn't been cleared for contact and practice, but he could be by Friday. If all goes well, it's unclear whether Felton's return will be Saturday, Sunday in Atlanta or next week. The Knicks' doctors will make that decision. Felton was expected to miss four to six weeks; the Knicks are 5-6 without him.

"If it's up to me, I'll play Boston [on Thursday]," Felton said. "But they're not going to let me do it because there's a possible chance if I break it again, I'll be out two months because they're going to have to go in and have surgery.

"Everybody looks at it as a little pinkie and he shouldn't be out. I fractured that pinkie in three places. I got three bones that shattered. If I mess it up again, I'm going to be out two to three months, so I'll do whatever I need to do."

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