Felton has missed about five weeks because of a broken right pinky. He fractured it on Christmas Day against the Lakers and had been playing with bone bruises in both hands. For a right-handed player, having a finger broken on the right hand obviously affected his shooting and ballhandling.
The Knicks went 7-7 in Felton's absence after building an impressive 19-7 record with him.
Without Felton, the Knicks relied heavily on 39-year-old Jason Kidd and 35-year-old rookie Pablo Prigioni. With Felton back, the Knicks' bench can return to having a little more depth, but Kidd is expected to remain in the starting five playing alongside Felton.
Felton will not have a limit restriction Saturday night.
"If I need to play him 40 [minutes], I might play him 40," coach Mike Woodson told reporters.
Felton, 28, is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists in 28 games this season.