Notes: Sheed unsure when he'll return

Rasheed Wallace was hanging out in one of the hallways at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, talking with a few old friends.

Eight days removed from surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left foot, Wallace stood in crutches with his leg in a cast as he joked and laughed with a few visitors.

The hope for the Knicks is that Wallace, 38, will be healthy enough to return during their postseason run.

When asked if he anticipated coming back for the playoffs, Wallace told ESPNNewYork.com, "I don't know, I don't know. We'll see what the doc says."

The Knicks, for the time being, have decided to keep Wallace on the roster and let him rehab the injury rather than cutting him to fill the roster spot with another player.

Wallace was a valuable piece for the Knicks before he went down with a left foot ailment on Dec. 13. In 20 games, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.

EX-KNICK CHOKES TEAMMATE: Ex-Knick Renaldo Balkman lost his cool overseas and choked a teammate who was apparently trying to restrain him from attacking a referee.

Balkman, a former first-round pick for the Knicks, currently plays for the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippine Basketball Association.

He apologized for the incident in a message posted on his official Twitter account.

You can view the altercation here.

TAKING AWAY SOME POSITIVES: Despite the final result, most Knicks walked off the floor with positive vibes from their one-point loss to the Thunder.

Some fans may take issue with that, but the players pointed to several factors as to why they felt good after the loss.

The team was without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony and playing its fourth game in five nights. They were playing the second game of a back-to-back, they'd flown into New York at 3:30 a.m. and were facing one of the top teams in the NBA.

So there was a sense of Thursday's game being a moral victory of sorts.

"Great performance by the team, we showed a lot of fight out there," Raymond Felton said.

Added Tyson Chandler: "We had a chance to win this one down the stretch, but it will make us a better team."

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