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Raymond Felton will play through the pain

Raymond Felton (2) drives past the Orlando Magic's

Raymond Felton (2) drives past the Orlando Magic's E'Twaun Moore (55) during the first half of a game in Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2012) Credit: AP

Anyone who saw Raymond Felton grimacing and struggling to get dressed in the locker room because of the pain in his left hand after Sunday’s game probably figured he wouldn’t play tomorrow.

But Felton is a physically tough player who doesn’t want to miss any time, especially in what some might consider an easy win for the Knicks in Charlotte Wednesday.

Felton and the Knicks don’t view it that way.

The Bobcats are improved and playing in Charlotte is important to Felton. He went to school at UNC and played his first five years in the league there. Plus his family will be at the game. So you know Felton wants to play and play well.

“I’m alright,” Felton said. “Sore but I'll be alright.”

“My mom and dad are excited to see me,” Felton added. “Just to get an opportunity to see everybody all at once, it's going to be good.”

The Knicks also are expected to have Jason Kidd back after missing the last four games with lower back spasms. But he likely will come off the bench if it he makes it through shootaround all right.

After Charlotte the Knicks are in Miami to face LeBron James and the Heat.

Their obvious plan is to try and jump out quickly on the Bobcats and put them away early so they can rest for the game between the two teams with the best records in the Eastern Conference.

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