Raymond Felton injury: Knicks guard cleared to practice

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Raymond Felton has been cleared to return to practice and hopes to play in Saturday's matchup against Philadelphia.

The New York Knicks are close to getting back their starting point guard after Raymond Felton was cleared to return to full contact practice on Friday. Felton injured his pinky finger back on Christmas Day and is hoping to return to the Knicks' lineup Saturday against the Sixers.

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Even if practice goes well for Felton, he will likely be a game-time decision on Saturday. His return can't come soon enough for the Knicks, who have gone 5-6 over the 11 games since his injury.

"It's been feeling good," Felton said of his pinky, which he says was fractured in three places. "The biggest test will be tomorrow."

"If I have to sit out another two games and come back at home, if that's what it takes, then that's what I have to do," Felton said.

Felton was a staple in New York's pick and roll heavy attack early in the season. Without him, the Knicks have relied more heavily on isolations where the results haven't been as good.

Felton has been running on the side and should be in good shape once he does return to the floor. He is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists per game this season.

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