Raymond Felton has fractured finger, says surgery is a possibility

Raymond Felton reacts to a foul call in

Raymond Felton reacts to a foul call in the first half of a game against the Nets at Barclays Center. (Dec. 11, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

PHOENIX -- Raymond Felton knew the injury to his right pinkie finger might be more serious than he originally had hoped, but he still was not fully prepared for the diagnosis he got after a halftime X-ray here Wednesday night.

It revealed a fracture, news that Felton said left him feeling "a lot of things. I was hurt. I was angry. But it happens. It was a freak accident. Can't be too upset. Just have to do what I've got to do and get the treatment so I can get back.''

Initially Felton described the injury as a sprained ligament, suffered when he and the Lakers' Steve Nash were going for a ball on Tuesday.

But that proved to be overly optimistic. Felton was to return to New York Thursday to be evaluated by team doctors. He said surgery is a possibility. If that is the course of action, Felton said, there is no reason to believe it would end his season, but it could cost him four to six weeks.

Coach Mike Woodson said, "We just have to go back and assess it and see where we are and go from there.''

Woodson said if Felton is out for an extended period Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni will share most responsibility for the point guard position, with J.R. Smith also contributing. "We can mix and match and see what happens,'' Woodson said.

Felton had been in a slump of late, perhaps owing to the bone bruises he was suffering in both hands. Tuesday's injury finished him off.

"Man, it's tough, because I want to be there for my teammates and my team but I have to do what I have to do,'' he said. "I have to do what's best for my hand so I can get back and help when it's time.''

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