The hope, however far-fetched, is that both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will be available for Sunday’s game against the Clippers. The reality is that the Knicks’ two All Stars, who both are nursing knee injuries, won’t return until the middle of next week and that it will take a small miracle for Mike Woodson’s club to avoid an 0-5 West Coast trip.

“No matter if they come back or not we have to figure out how to stop the bleeding,” Jason Kidd said. “If they are out, we have to go with the group we have and we feel we can stop the bleeding. When they do come back, it doesn’t guarantee us anything because we’ve had them and we’ve lost. We’ve just got to get out of this funk.”

The Knicks have lost their last three games by an average of 22 points, including Thursday’s 105-90 defeat in Portland with both Anthony and Chandler sidelined. Anthony had returned to New York to have fluid drained from his troublesome right knee while Chandler was held out with what the Knicks are calling a “contused” left knee.