Felton injured his ankle and Portland and the numbers would suggest that he hasn't been right since. He's 8 for his last 43 and just 2 for his last 13 from downtown.
He's the engine that makes the Knicks go, there is no question about that. You can see him settling for passes and shots above the foul line area. Moreover, you can see it in his FT attempts. After taking 10 in Utah the game after, he's taken just 4 in 2 games.
I think what fans need to understand is that starting point guards are like starting quarterbacks. If they can walk they will start and play the whole game. It's a pride thing. Playing Felton for 25 effective minutes makes you want to play him another 8-10, maybe more. And right now they don't have a guy to be able to come in and pick and roll and make shots with the second unit. It was the first unit, however, who stunk up the joint in the third quarter. And it was the first unit who stood around and watched Amar'e isolations all fourth quarter. The decision to dump the ball into the high post is Felton's and when he's doing that often, instead of trying to make plays towards the basket, you know something isn't right. Again, this has nothing to do with playing too many minutes in my opinion because Felton craves them, like all star point guards do. It comes with the territory. There is no "I'm hurt" or "I'm tired" if you want to be a star PG in this league.
I think a big reason for the Knicks slide also is that many players know the trade deadline is coming but the All-Star break is first. It's a long season. A grind. Toney Douglas has been playing with a badly injured shoulder, but knows that if he misses much time he may not find his way back into the rotation.
But they better get themselves healthy, focused and ready, and the coach better start making better defensive substitution patterns because positive energy switches to negative energy real quick in this city (and when referring to that outlet I use the term "positive" VERY loosely, I'm referring to the fans).
.500 isn't so far away.
Neither is the trade deadline where you'd expect reinforcements to come in and balance out a roster in need of some holes plugged.