Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are expected to rest their knees today versus the Clippers at Staples Center in what looks like a matinee blowout and an 0-4 start to the West Coast trip may indeed be in the offing for the Knicks.

Nevertheless, amid this disaster, there is also a sense of relief that Anthony is in Los Angeles — his mind relieved of anxiety, his right knee relieved of fluid.

Anthony practiced lightly yesterday with the team at UCLA, testing his knee, and doesn’t appear ready to go just three days after getting his right knee drained of soft-tissue fluid. Neither does Chandler, meaning a national TV audience will see a Knicks starting frontcourt of Kurt Thomas, Kenyon Martin and Chris Copeland.