Rivers: Raymond Felton is "killing us"

Rivers: Raymond Felton is "killing us"
April 26, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON — Doc Rivers knew coming into this playoff series with the New York Knicks that Carmelo Anthony was going to put up big numbers.

Ditto for J.R. Smith.

But if you're talking about the biggest difference-maker for the Knicks thus far, Raymond Felton has to be at or near the top of the list.

The 6-foot-1 guard has shredded the Celtics' defense apart with penetrating drives for scores or kick-outs to what is usually a wide open shooter.

He is averaging 14.5 points, four assists and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field.

But that doesn't come close to telling how big an impact he has had on this series thus far.

Aside from his statistical production, Felton's presence has been a huge factor as well with a plus-minus ratio in Games 1 and 2 of +16 and +22, respectively.

"He's killing us," Rivers said. "He's getting into the paint, he's attacking us. It doesn't look well on film, I can tell you that."

It doesn't look any better live, either.

Because of his impact in the first two games, the C's are likely to make some kind of adjustment to try and limit his impact.

That, much like the C's winning a game in this series, is easier said than done.

"We'll see how they guard me in the first half," Felton said. "And I'll adjust to that."

One thing that won't need an adjustment is the confidence that Felton now has in his ability to do whatever he wants against the Celtics.

“I feel like I can get to the basket at anytime, any point in the game," he said. "I still have to try and be aggressive no matter what. If that's what's hurting them, then I have to continue to do it."