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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Whither Raymond Felton?

Raymond Felton goes up for a layup in

Raymond Felton goes up for a layup in front of Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich. (Dec. 21, 2012) (Credit: David Pokress)

Hello again, Knicks fans! This is Neil Best reporting from downtown Phoenix, still on duty covering your very interesting 2012-13 squad.

First, a note from my usual beat, which is sports media: Tuesday's game against the Lakers did predictably boffo ratings numbers, with an average of 5.9 percent of homes in major markets having watched. That's ABC's best for that Christmas afternoon window since 2004.

In L.A., 11.9 percent of homes were tuned in and in New York the figure was 9.2, the third-best ever for the market for a regular-season game on ABC.

I will report back to you later this evening regarding Knicks news after I get a chance to speak to Coach Woodson before the game.

No. 1 on the list: How is guard Raymond Felton, who said he sprained ligaments in his right pinkie during Tuesday's game and who endured a tough shooting day as a result.

His status is very iffy.

Another question for Woodson that I didn't get a chance to ask amid all of the stuff going on before, during and after the Lakers game: Why did Kurt Thomas start and will he start again?

This should be an interesting game for the Knickerbockers, who have had some trouble on the road on the rear end of back-to-backs.

Anyway, it's good to be in Phoenix. As a mostly football writer I have been here many, many times, including annualy in the geographically incorrect days when the Giants and Cardinals were in the same division.

It occurred to me during a pregame conversation with Mike Breen on Tuesday that I never in my 30-year career had been in L.A. for work before. That's really, really weird. But not so weird when you consider there is no NFL team there.

I did go with the family on vacation a few summers ago. I told the kids the traffic was part of the L.A. experience.

Tags: Knicks , ESPN , raymond felton , los angeles lakers , kurt thomas

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