• Raymond Felton will return for the Knicks when they visit the Clippers tonight at Staples Center. Felton missed the previous four games with a pinched nerve in his hip and the Knicks lost all four to run their losing streak to six games. Felton, who’s in the starting lineup, will have a tall task guarding Chris Paul of the Clippers, who some believe is playing the best of any point guard in the NBA. “They’re one of the top teams in the league in terms of talent,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said before the game. 
  • The Clippers are expected to be without backup small forward Matt Barnes for another week as he recovers from eye surgery performed Thursday. Barnes tore the retina in his left eye in a game against the Grizzlies on Nov. 18. The Clippers have been able to cover for Barnes by increasing the minutes of a few bench players such as Ryan Hollins, who has played more than 20 minutes in two of the last four games after playing no more than 12 minutes in the first 11 games. 
  • Woodson and Clippers coach Doc Rivers played for both the Knicks and Clippers in their careers. Rivers started at guard for the Clippers in the 1991-92 season and then headed to New York for two more seasons with the Knicks before finishing his career with the Spurs. Woodson played for the Knicks during the 1980-81 season and then the Clippers from 1986-88.

Dan Arritt

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