While Carmelo Anthony has emerged as an MVP candidate, Raymond Felton is in many ways just as important to the New York Knicks.
Felton is expected to return Saturday night from a 12-game absence when the Knicks visit the Philadelphia 76ers.
New York (26-14) has split the 12 games without Felton, who has been out with a broken right pinky finger. The Knicks are 3-4 this season without Anthony, who is shooting 41.4 percent in Felton's absence after connecting at 47.3 before the point guard got hurt.
"I think when we get Raymond back, our shooters will shoot more in the flow and in the offense," center Tyson Chandler said. "Right now, 'Melo is commanding a double-team and he is kicking out, he's trying to find shooters but our spacing is not what it should be right now."
Chandler seems to be correct. New York shot 39.3 percent on 3-pointers before Felton's injury, and 35.7 since.
"Raymond's a big piece of what we do," coach Mike Woodson said.
Felton's impact was obvious in Novemb...