Apr 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) looks to pass the ball around Boston Celtics shooting guard Jason Terry (4) during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 87-71. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: Raymond Felton steps up big for Knicks

Everyone wondered who would step up for the New York Knicks in J.R. Smith’s absence?

Give Raymond Felton credit for answering the call.

Apr 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) drives to the hoop against the Boston Celtics during game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

With Smith, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year and Knicks No. 2 scoring option, out of the lineup serving a one-game suspension, the Knicks needed someone to step up and help replace Smith’s 16.1 point per game he has averaged so far in the postseason.

Felton did his best to step up and become the Knicks No. 2 option, scoring 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting.

Despite the loss, Felton was pretty good on the afternoon, as he continued to get deep into the paint against the Celtics’ defense. The Knicks needed someone to step up and make shots, and Felton delivered.

When the Knicks made their big third quarter comeback, Felton was at his best. He not only made a lot of big shots, but he was also active defensively and on the glass. Felton was aggressive the entire game and it nearly paid off with a Knicks sweep.

He’s had a good playoffs so far, averaging 17.8 points and 5.3 assists through four games.

If you are looking for who the Knicks X-factor is for a lengthy playoff run, it very well could be Felton.

He’s off to a very good start. If he can continue his high level of play, the Knicks will continue to be a very tough team to beat.

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