Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the New York Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: Should Raymond Felton wait another week before coming back from injury to play?
After Tuesday's practice, Felton revealed he actually fractured his right pinkie in three places, and that he has to be cautious with his return. But being the tough competitor he is -- he previously played through two bone bruises -- he's eying Saturday's game in Philadelphia for his return.
"Big chance, big chance, but I can't speak on that. That's not my decision to make," he said. "If it's up to me, I'd play in Boston, but they're not going to let me do it because there's a possible chance if I break it again, I'll be out two months, because they're going to have to go in and have surgery on it. So it's tough."
What's also tough is the pressure Felton's absence has put on some of the Knicks. Jason Kidd is playing extended minutes, and Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith are exerting more energy running pick-and-rolls. In addition, Tyson Chandler's field goal percentage has dropped slightly because he has been missing Felton's feeds, and the Knicks' spacing and ball movement has suffered some without the point guard's penetration.
But what's important to note is this: Wednesday marks roughly the fifth week Felton has been out, and the initial recovery timetable was four to six weeks.
So with that said, do you think he should wait another week or try to come back against the Philadelphia 76ers? Leave us your comments below.
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