New York Knicks’ forward Tim Hardaway Jr. is inching closer to a return.
The New York Knicks have been able to survive without Tim Hardaway Jr. in the line-up as he continues to rehab a leg injury, but there’s no doubt that they could use him back sooner rather than later as their schedule becomes more difficult.
Ian Begley of ESPN posted an update on Twitter in regards to Hardaway’s recovery and said that he wasn’t wearing a brace while working out after Monday’s practice.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is working after practice without the protective boot on his left leg. He doesn’t seem to be running yet, which is the next hurdle in his recovery from the stress injury in his leg. The Knicks expect him back this month.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 1, 2018
With Hardaway out, the Knicks have only been able to rely on Kristaps Porzingis and Michael Beasley as guys who can take a game over and lead them to a win. If either one of them don’t get the job done, then New York is out of luck for the most part, unless someone like Courtney Lee comes out of no where and has a huge game.
Getting Hardaway back, would allow guys like Porzingis and Beasley to have bad games without the Knicks getting blown out.
Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek recently stated that he’s hoping that Hardaway will be back some time in January. At this point, I could see him returning by the end of the month, which would be fine. Getting him back in two weeks, would be even better.