Billups missed six games after sustaining a deep bruise in his left thigh on March 1 in a loss to the . The Knicks went 4-2 in his absence, with Toney Douglas starting in his place at point guard.
The Knicks are listing Billups as probable, and Coach said that he would immediately rejoin the starting lineup.
Billups, 34, was acquired Feb. 15 in the trade and averaged 23.3 points and 6 assists in his first four games as a Knick. He delivered the key 3-pointer in a 91-86 victory over on Feb. 27. Two nights later, he collided hard with Orlando’s in the fourth quarter of a 116-110 defeat.
The Knicks (34-30) will need every available body as they play nine games over the next 14 days, including three sets of back-to-back games.
The coming schedule also provides a chance for the Knicks to make a run at fifth place in the Eastern Conference, or at least put some distance between them and the seventh-place (34-31 entering Saturday’s game). Just two of the Knicks’ next nine opponents have a winning record. The Knicks will face six teams with winning records in their final 18 games.