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Hand injury doesn't slow Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton was on the floor, his injured thumb in serious pain. But Felton said he wasn’t coming out.
Felton is playing with a bone bruise and contusion in his left hand.
It’s most painful around the thumb and when he got hit, there was definite concern on the Knicks’ bench and on the court. Tyson Chandler immediately rushed to Felton to see how he was.
Felton got up and stayed in the game and scored 27 points to help lead the Knicks minus Carmelo Anthony over the Heat, 112-92
“I wasn’t going to leave that game,” Felton said. “I wasn’t going to leave that game.
“It hurt. It hurt. Got smacked on it a couple of more times after that. It’s part of the game. If I’m out there I got to play.”
Felton wore a protecting pad over the thumb the first half of Wednesday’s game in Charlotte and then got rid of it at halftime of that game. He didn’t wear one at all and said he won’t wear one going forward.
“I’m good,” Felton said. “If it gets smacked, it gets smacked. If I put anything on it, when I get hit on it, it hurts anyway. So there’s no point in putting extra attention to it.”