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Raymond Felton close to returning to Knicks

Raymond Felton shoots a foul shot during a

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Raymond Felton was shooting around while the rest of the Knicks were practicing. The significance in this exercise was Felton wasn’t wearing a brace, just some tape on his right pinky and fourth finger.

Felton was cleared to do normal basketball activities – shoot, dribble, pass and catch passes – without a brace. The next step for him is to be cleared for contact. It could happen later this...

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Mike Woodson planning a hard practice Wednesday to get Knicks, Iman Shumpert ready for Thursday against Pistons

Injured Iman Shumpert of the Knicks looks on

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LONDON - The Knicks arrived on London on Tuesday morning and then went off to do whatever they wanted to do.

Mike Woodson, who said he was groggy himself from flying through the night, gave his players the day off.

Woodson will spend some time with his family, but he’ll also watch film with his coaches and get ready for what he called “a camp-like practice tomorrow” at the O2 Arena here.

He’s...

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Marcus Camby could start tonight for Knicks

Marcus Camby passes the ball during a game

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The Knicks could have a new addition to the starting lineup tonight, but it won’t be Amar’e Stoudemire.

It sounds as if Marcus Camby could replace Kurt Thomas against the Spurs. The Knicks have gotten off to bad starts lately, so Mike Woodson said something was going to have to change.

“Not taking nothing away from Kurt because Kurt bangs and does what’s asked of him too,” Woodson said....

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J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd lead Knicks to last-second win

J.R. Smith dunks against the Phoenix Suns. (Dec.

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J.R. Smith had never had a game-winning, buzzer-beating shot before this season. Now he has two in three weeks.

Smith capped off a terrific all-around game with a difficult catch-turn-and-shoot deep baseline jumper as time expired to lift the Knicks to a 99-97 win at Phoenix. Smith was also fading to his left when he launched the decisive bucket that helped the undermanned Knicks improve to...

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Fractured pinky could sideline Raymond Felton for at least a month

Raymond Felton reacts to a foul call in

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Raymond Felton’s hand injury is much more serious than originally thought and could sideline him for at least a month.

X-rays revealed a fracture in Felton’s right fifth finger. The Knicks said the next course of action will be determined after his return to New York. But Felton told reporters in Phoenix he might need surgery and that could keep him out 4-to-6 weeks.

"This is not...

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Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton out versus Suns

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton look on in

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The Knicks will be without their top two scorers tonight when they play the Suns.

Carmelo Anthony won’t play due to a hyper-extended left knee and Raymond Felton is out with sprained ligaments in his right fifth finger, or pinkie. Both injuries occurred in yesterday’s 100-94 loss to at the Lakers.

Anthony hurt his knee when Marcus Camby fell into him late in the first half. But Anthony...

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Raymond Felton is 'questionable'

Raymond Felton goes for a layup against the

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The Knicks are calling guard Raymond Felton "questionable" for tonight's tilt against the Suns because of the right pinkie sprain he suffered against the Lakers Tuesday.

Officially, the Knicks called it his "fifth finger," which does sound a little more dignified than "pinkie," I suppose....

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Whither Raymond Felton?

Raymond Felton goes up for a layup in

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Hello again, Knicks fans! This is Neil Best reporting from downtown Phoenix, still on duty covering your very interesting 2012-13 squad.

First, a note from my usual beat, which is sports media: Tuesday's game against the Lakers did predictably boffo ratings numbers, with an average of 5.9 percent of homes in major markets having watched. That's ABC's best for that Christmas afternoon window...

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Knicks didn't give Carmelo Anthony the help he needed to beat the Lakers

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shoots

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Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant were the brightest stars Christmas afternoon in Los Angeles, but it was the two guys that were missing the last time the Knicks and Lakers played who made a difference.

Steve Nash’s brilliance at point guard and Pau Gasol’s big plays late helped lift the Lakers over the Knicks, 100-94.

You knew once Nash came back from his left injury he would have an...

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Mike Woodson said Knicks wanted Jeremy Lin back

Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets tries to

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Mike Woodson admitted what had been known until the Rockets changed their original offer for Jeremy Lin.

“We wanted Jeremy back,” Woodson said before Monday’s game. “I made that publicly [known] back in the summer when we were going through the recruitment process. But things changed from a business standpoint and Jeremy decided to take the Houston deal.”

The Knicks actually decided...

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