- New York (32-16) has won six of seven and seven of nine. The Knicks remain 1 1/2 games behind the Miami Heat for the No. 1 seed in the East.
- The Knicks are expected to start Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.
- The Clippers (35-17) have lost seven of 10, which coincided with Chris Paul’s absence with a kneecap injury. He is now back but he managed just three points and two assists in Friday’s 111-89 loss to Miami. The Clippers are the No. 3 seed in the West. “I think they’re one of the most talented teams in the league in terms of personnel,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
- L.A. is expected to start Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
- ESPN.com quoted a Knicks’ team source as saying that a proposed multiplayer trade involving the Knicks’ Shumpert and Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns was “unlikely at this point.” “Sure, we talk to him and we show him love and we tell him he’s a big part of what we’re doing,” Woodson said. “Those are just trade rumors.” He added that Shumpert would start out covering Paul: ”Iman’s a big part of what we do and he’s been kind of on a little roller-coaster ride, but my job is to show him some love and show him that he’s a big part of what we do and eventually he’ll get there. I got a lot of faith in Iman.” Woodson said he told his daughter, who went to Georgia Tech and was concerned about trade rumors, “Iman’s gonna be right here with me.
- Woodson said “contact and getting him back running is going to be the next phase” for Rasheed Wallace (stress reaction left foot).
- The Knicks and Clippers have met 117 times but this is the first time that both teams are 10-plus games over .500.
- Both teams arrived in New York on Saturday afternoon due to the blizzard. “It was smooth sailing coming in,” Woodson said.
– Adam Zagoria