Tim Hardaway Jr. is looking for some revenge as the Bucks come to Manhattan Tuesday night.
Hardaway, who apologized to the media for leaving before questions on Sunday, wants to put his awful weekend of games in the past -- one of which came in Milwaukee. He shot 1-for-14, including the game-winning three at the buzzer, against the Bucks on Friday. His struggles shooting continued against the Hawks on Sunday, and he told everyone to blame him for the Knicks losing those games.
"These last two games -- they're definitely on me," Hardaway told Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "Learn from it. Be a man about it. Own up to it. Move forward."
Hardaway owned up to his questionable plays in the final minute of Sunday's contest against the Hawks. After securing a rebound of Kristaps Porzingis' missed free throw, Hardaway decided to throw the ball back toward the hoop instead of regrouping at the top of the key to run some more clock down as the Knicks held a four-point lead. He also committed a turnover with 6.3 seconds left that led Kent Bazemore to drain a three to take the lead.
In the end, Hardaway also missed the game-tying three at the buzzer for the loss.
"I felt like it was a little bit of contact in there, so first instinct as a scorer, a shooter, [is] put the ball up," Hardaway said about the rebound play. "But I have to be smarter than that. I have to be a lot smarter than that as a ballplayer. With that being said, we went down the court, we had an opportunity to get a stop. We got that stop. We didn't get the rebound...I know I made a bonehead play, but at the same time, we had an opportunity as a team. It's just a team loss.
"At that point in time, you've got to be a ball player and do the smart thing and bring the ball up the court. That's on me. That's mine. Nobody else but myself. Watched film on it, got better from it, learned from it and moving forward."
Head coach Jeff Hornacek finds it funny how players always realize what went wrong after it happened. But he is glad Hardaway realizes his mistakes, so they won't happen again going forward.
"It's funny," Hornacek said. "A lot of things that happen out on the court, guys always kind of understand it seconds after they do it. He realized it."
Now, after realizing his mistakes, Hardaway must find out what's been going wrong with his jumpshot, especially when the Knicks hand him the ball at the end of the game.
"Same kind of shot the last two games," Hardaway said about his shots at the buzzer. "Just didn't fall down for me. I definitely wanted to redeem myself after the mistake the previous plays. You've got to learn from it, you've got to go out here and work on those type of shots, work on those game-time situations and be better."
Hardaway is still the Knicks' second-leading scorer (16.8 points per game) behind Porzingis.