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Fractured pinky could sideline Raymond Felton for at least a month

Raymond Felton reacts to a foul call in

Raymond Felton reacts to a foul call in the first half of a game against the Nets at Barclays Center. (Dec. 11, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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 a season-ending injury," Felton said. " It’s something that probably lasts maybe four-to-six weeks at most."

Felton hurt his hand on a play involving Steve Nash in Tuesday’s loss to the Lakers. The original diagnosis was Felton had sprained ligaments in the pinky. He finished the game.

But at halftime of Wednesday’s 99-97 win over the Suns, Felton had the x-rays that revealed the fracture. Felton is a very tough player, but it is his shooting hand.

“We just got to go back and assess and see where we are and go from there,” Mike Woodson said.

The Knicks' end this three-game trip in Sacramento Friday. But Felton said he would fly back to New York and see a hand specialist to determine the next step.

With Felton out, the Knicks will continue to rely on Jason Kidd, who was instrumental in the win in Phoenix. Kidd scored a season-high 23 points and had eight assists, including the pass that led to J.R. Smith’s game-winning jumper against the Suns.

Woodson also will use Pablo Prigioni and Smith in playmaking roles. Woodson also said he could turn to James White in a pinch. White started in the backcourt against Phoenix.

“We can mix and match and see what happens,” Woodson said.

Felton is second on the Knicks in scoring (15.8) and first in assists (6.3). He has struggled lately as he’s been playing with bone bruises in both hands. He’s shot 66-for-191 in the last 10 games, including 5-for-30 from three.

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