Hardaway scored 37 points (14-24 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding five rebounds, two steals and an assist in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 118-113 loss to the Wizards.
He racked up 32 of his points in the first half to lead the Knicks to a 27-point lead, only to go cold and watch Bradley Beal and the Wizards stage the largest comeback in the league so far this season. Hardaway heads into the All-Star break having scored in double digits in only two of his last eight games, and it's perhaps not a coincidence that the team in 0-8 during that stretch.
Hardaway scored 17 points (7-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt) while adding three assists, two steals and a rebound in 29 minutes during Sunday's 121-113 loss to the Pacers.
After a miserable five-game stretch in which he scored a total of only 36 points, failing to crack double digits in any of them while shooting just 7.7 percent (2-for-26) from three-point range, Hardaway showed signs of finding his rhythm again. With the Knicks desperate for offense in the wake of Kristaps Porzingis' season-ending knee injury, expect Hardaway to get all the minutes and shot attempts he can handle down the stretch.
Hardaway (shin) will be available to play in Thursday's game against the Raptors, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Hardaway took a shot to his left shin during Tuesday's game against the Bucks, which was the same leg that costed him an extended absence earlier this season due to a stress injury. However, despite the original concern, Hardaway didn't aggravate that prevoius injury and has already been given the green light to take the court Thursday. Unless the Knicks report some sort of restrictions, look for Hardaway to take on his typical workload in the starting lineup at small forward. He should even see added usage following Kristaps Porzingis' season-ending knee injury, making him one of the team's top offensive threats moving forward.
Hardaway underwent X-rays on his shin following Tuesday's loss to the Bucks, which came back negative, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Hardaway missed six weeks with a stress injury to his lower leg earlier in the season, which made this injury potentially scarier. However, the results of the x-ray should help owner breathe a sigh of relief. Still, he should be considered day-to-day at this point, with his next opportunity to play being Tuesday against the Raptors. With Kristaps Porzingis (knee) also going down in the contest, Michael Beasley and Lance Thomas could be in line for increased workloads in the near future.
An X-ray on Hardaway's left shin came back negative following Tuesday's 103-89 loss to the Bucks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
On a night where both Hardaway and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) left with injuries, this provides at least a little optimism that Hardaway's injury may not be severe. That said, it's an injury to the same leg that dealt with stress issues earlier this season and costed Hardaway over a month of action, so the Knicks aren't out of the woods here quite yet. Until additional information is provided, Hardaway can be considered highly questionable ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Raptors.
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