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Hardaway Jr., Still in a Walking Boot, Is a Week Away—at Minimum—from Returning to Action

New York’s prize offseason (re-)acquisition could still be a week or more away from returning from a shady leg injury. Is there doubt to Hardaway Jr.’s health?

On Tuesday, we received a small bit of injury update from the New York Knicks. It wasn’t news on Kristaps Porzingis’ knee injury; however, it was the second leading scorer’s, Tim Hardaway Jr., lower leg stress fracture injury.

Ian Begley of ESPN reported that the Knicks’ Hardaway Jr. is still a week away from being re-evaluation and cleared by the medical staff. Per Twitter:

The line about not running yet may be the most troublesome part of Timmy’s leg injury. The mysterious ailment for the shooting guard/small forward has kept Hardaway Jr. away from the hardwood, where the Knicks are 5–4 since December 3rd. Hardaway Jr.’s injury has coincided with another injury to New York’s star, Kristaps Porzingis. KP missed the Magic–Pacers back-to-back contests on December 3rd and 4th (after going down 2:30 into the previous game versus Miami), and he’s still inactive, missing Saturday’s home win against Oklahoma City and Monday’s loss in Charlotte.

The Knicks, without THJ, have been sorely missing transition offense. The speed and athleticism of Hardaway Jr. have tilted his value to the favorable side in last summer’s questionable signing. Even when Tim has struggled shooting this season, he has stretched opposing defenses thin, forcing them to try to stop the agile guard for 94 feet instead of in the halfcourt set.

A serious, and tough-to-manage, stress injury for Hardaway Jr. will only feel more frustrating for both THJ and the Knicks. New York has relied on youth (KP and Timmy) to win ball games earlier in the season, and their recent run has been shouldered by veterans such as Courtney Lee, Michael Beasley, and Jarrett Jack—to mixed results.

Managing Editor of The Knicks Wall. Still not over the ’94 Finals. Andy Bernard levels of Cornell love.

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