GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The Knicks received some good news as they boarded the team plane Friday afternoon: Tests on Al Harrington and Jared Jeffries did not reveal any serious injuries. Both are listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Wizards in Washington.
Jeffries, who did not play in the second half of the Knicks' 106-104 loss to Toronto on Thursday night, has a right knee bone bruise. Harrington, who was at the center of the Knicks' failed final possession, has a sore right knee.
Because of so many bumps and bruises, the Knicks did not practice Friday. Instead, players received treatment and some briefly walked through some plays on the court. Players were not available to talk to the media. Coach Mike D'Antoni did talk to reporters, but that was before receiving the news about Jeffries and Harrington.
D'Antoni acknowledged that with the Knicks having lost seven of their last 10 games to fall to 18-27, they need to turn things around quickly if they don't want to fall out of the playoff picture. They entered Friday night 41/2 games out of eighth in the Eastern Conference.
"Chicago is on a West Coast trip and they win a lot of games and we lose," D'Antoni said. "It's complicating our ultimate objective, but at the same time, you never know what is going to happen."
The Knicks were 2-3 on their recent homestand. Those defeats included a 50-point loss to the Mavericks and Thursday night's two-point loss to the Raptors, a game in which the Knicks led by 16 late in the first quarter.
On their final possession, Nate Robinson was supposed to get the ball, according to D'Antoni, but the Knicks nearly turned it over on the inbounds pass as Danilo Gallinari got it to Harrington. He missed on a drive just before being called for a charge with eight-tenths of a second left.
"We're running out of time," D'Antoni said. "It wasn't a great homestand, obviously, but we have a chance to get back."