NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — 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.”

Luckily for New York, it has plenty of depth at the point-guard position. With Felton on the sidelines, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni — both of whom have played well this season — will shoulder the load.

Still, losing Felton is a blow to Mike Woodson’s team.

“Raymond’s a tough cookie. He plays hurt,” said Woodson. “I’ve known that throughout his career. It’s one of the reasons we brought him aboard. He’s tough. He has struggled the last few weeks with his hands. If he could play, he would play.”

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