Davis suffers setback; return unclear

Baron Davis has suffered a setback in his attempt to rehab a back injury, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

It is unclear when Davis will return to practice, but when he does, D'Antoni said he is at least 7-10 days from suiting up in a game. That timetable, of course, assumes Davis does not suffer another setback.

"There's (been) a little bit of a hitch," D'Antoni said. "He didn't get on the floor as soon as we thought, so I don't know where the process is right now."

Davis has been sidelined for the entire season due to a herniated disk in his back. He participated in team scrimmages for the first time on January 23 and the team had hoped he could return in late January or early February.

But Davis was forced to sit out of practice last week due to lingering soreness.

"I think he had a little bit of a set back, it's safe to say. But I don't know how bad (it is)," D'Antoni said.

Davis was inactive for "2-3" days to let the lingering pain dissipate.

"If it calms down then he'll pick up where he left off and then we've got to go through the process of practicing and we're still at least a week or ten days out when the process re-starts," the coach said. "Hopefully (it restarts) tomorrow but I'm not too sure."

D'Antoni could make no guarantees that Davis would return to the Knicks prior to the All Star Break, which begins February 24.

"(He) might not," D'Antoni said. "At this point it's hard for me to update you guys every day. Because we don't know, and right now we're not counting on it and if he does, great."

The Knicks offense has struggled in part because of poor point guard play. Third-string guard Jeremy Lin had a breakout performance against New Jersey on Saturday and will likely start on Monday against Utah. Prior to Lin's big night (25 points, seven assists), the Knicks had ranked 24th in offensive efficiency, 26th in turnover percentage and 25th in assist percentage.

New York (9-15) had viewed Davis as the cure to its point guard problems. They signed the 32-year-old to a veteran's minimum contract in late December.

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