Knicks F Tim Hardaway Jr. is focused on doing his part to help the Knicks make the playoffs this season.
"We're trying to make the playoffs, point blank," Hardaway said after practice on Saturday. "Myself being in the playoffs the past two seasons I wouldn't want anything less. Anything less than that to me isn't a good season. I want to go out there and do whatever I can on my behalf and my part to help the team win."
Hardaway Jr., who made the playoffs in recent years as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, recently returned from missing time due to a leg injury. Now that he is back on the court, he is confident that a young Knicks squad can compete for a playoff spot.
"I know my teammates want to make the playoffs," he said. "We are developing as a ballclub. We are young. At the same time, we feel even though we're a young group of guys we still have that heart and that passion to go out there and win ball games and string some ballgames together to get back in that playoff position.
New York hs struggled mightily on the road this season, posting a 6-16 record compared to 15-9 at home. But the Knicks have won their last two away games -- Monday vs. the Nets and Friday vs. the Jazz -- and they will try to keep it going on Sunday when they face the Lakers at the Staples Center.