POSTED: Dec 27, 2012 6:36 PM ET
UPDATED: Dec 27, 2012 8:06 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton won't need surgery on his broken right pinky finger and is expected to be out at least a month.
Felton consulted with a hand specialist Thursday after flying home from Phoenix and will be in a splint to stabilize the finger, the team said in a statement. Felton, who could miss 4 to 6 weeks, was injured during the Knicks' loss to the Lakers on Christmas.
He is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, helping the Knicks to a 21-8 start. But his shot has been off lately while he battled hand pain, dropping his shooting percentage below 40 percent.
"I was hurt, angry, it happens," he said. "It was a freak accident so you can't be too upset."
The Knicks still have Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni at point guard.