Here are a few things to keep an eye on during tonight's Knicks-Clippers game:
Going streaking: How bad are things for the Knicks right now?
They're on the verge of their longest losing streak since the 2009-10 season. New York has lost six straight entering tonight's game against a dangerous Clippers team.
The last time they lost six in a row was March 4-12, 2012. Mike D'Antoni resigned after the sixth and final loss of that streak.
Awful offense: One problem during the Knicks' losing streak has been an inept offense. With Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler out, the Knicks lack the spark off the pick-and-roll that they relied on so heavily last season.
The Knicks have scored just 89 points per game in regulation in their past five games, per STATS LLC.
They've also shot just 41.5 percent from the field in their six-game skid. Overall, New York ranks 23rd in offensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions). Last season, they ranked third in offensive efficiency.
Defense also will be a challenge against the high-flying Clippers.
Particularly, you wonder how the Knicks can slow down Chris Paul. Felton (hip/hamstring/back) may return to the court for the first time in four games. If not, it will be up to Beno Udrih and Pablo Prigioni to defend Paul.
Smith's struggles: J.R. Smith hasn't provided the offensive boost the Knicks had hoped for when they re-signed him to a three-year, $18 million contract over the summer.
Coming off summer knee surgery, Smith is averaging 12.4 points on 32 percent shooting thus far.
Last season, he scored 18.1 points per game on 42 percent shooting.
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