Tim Hardaway Jr. could be back sooner rather than later for the New York Knicks.
Things continue to look good for New York Knicks’ star Tim Hardaway Jr. as he continues to work his way back from a leg injury.
While Hardaway has already been ruled out for Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls, there is a chance that he could be ready to play Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves or on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“I don’t anticipate it’s going to be [Wednesday],” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “But after that, we’ll see.”
If Hardaway does come back later this week, it would make sense, given the fact that a stress fracture takes about 4-6 weeks to heal.
If Hardaway Jr. is back Friday in Minnie, that’s just about six weeks. Our expert, Dr. Wellington Hsu of Northwestern, told us day after injury, stress reactions take 4-6 weeks.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) January 10, 2018
Hardaway said this week that he’s close to coming back after fully practicing on Tuesday.
“I think I’m coming back when I’m confident. Right now, we’re close,” Hardaway said. “But it doesn’t matter what I think, it matters what the doctors say and what my training staff and people want me to do after I get the news.”
With the Knicks preparing for a west coast road trip, Hardaway couldn’t come back at better time, given the fact that they’ve had a hard time closing out games recently.