New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton sat out most of the team's last two practices with a strained left hamstring and told reporters on Monday that he had a pinched nerve in his hip, via Scott Cacciola of the New York Times:
"There are certain shots that I'm used to taking and making that just aren't falling," Felton said. "And there are certain lateral movements that I can't make on defense. It's just not there. And it's frustrating. I'm fighting through it."
Felton, who is averaging 11.1 points a game and shooting 37.6 percent from the field, has also been dealing with what he described as a pinched nerve in his hip, which sends a "sharp pain" shooting down his legs, he said. He has taken medication in an attempt to ease some of the symptoms.
"Nobody's known about that, because I don't like making excuses," he said. "But hopefully, the treatment kicks in, and we'll see how it goes."
Felton injured his hamstring a month ago in the preseason and it's affected his game. His 14.9 points per game on 43 percent field goal shooting and 36 percent behind the three-point line are down to 11.1 points on 38 percent shooting and 21 percent on threes this season. He's also looked slower on defense and is fouling more often. According to Felton's shooting coach, Ivorie Manning, the injury is hampering him siginficantly when he tries to finish at the rim and shoot from the outside, via the NYT:
Ivorie Manning, a Las Vegas-based shooting coach who has worked with Felton, said he called Felton last week to see if he wanted to meet. Manning said he could sense that Felton was playing under stress.
"He just said, ‘I'm not making any excuses, but my hamstring is killing me,' " Manning said in a telephone interview. "I can tell. With me being here in town, and us not going to the gym last night, that tells me what kind of state he's in. I know how much he likes to work, but he just wants to rest at this point. Ray is not one to rest."
The Knicks have a 3-7 record and were blown out 110-90 at home against Atlanta on Saturday. Felton scored seven points on 3-8 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc in the game. According to the team, he is a game-time decision for Tuesday's meeting with the Pistons in Detroit: