Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. (stress injury to his lower left leg) has started a treatment and rehab program and will be reevaluated in two weeks, the team said on Tuesday.
Hardaway's time away from the game is up in the air, the NY Post's Marc Berman explained earlier Tuesday.
A stress injury, according to Northwestern Univeristy orthopedist Dr. Wellington Hsu, could keep Hardaway out from two weeks to two months depending on its severity. Hsu explains that the two types of stress injuries -- a stress reaction and a stress fracture -- will determine how long he stays out.
A stress fracture, which is a small break in the bone, would likely have him out about two months. This is due to the fact that running on a stress fracture is possibly, but there is the major risk of completely fracturing the bone.
So, Hardaway and the Knicks are hoping the diagnosis is a stress reaction, which is only swelling of the bone. A stress reaction is significantly better, but its severity could see Hardaway out from four-to-six weeks.
"There's piddly ones and really bad stress reactions," Hsu said. "It could just be a small area of swelling and that's a different type of animal as someone who has swelling in the entire bone."
Hsu said it's more common to see minor stress reactions, and that would likely keep Hardaway out one-to-two weeks.
Hardaway missed his second-straight game Monday night as he didn't travel to Indiana to face the Pacers. As he continues to get evaluated, head coach Jeff Hornacek has noticed what kind of loss Hardaway -- the team's second-leading scorer with 17.8 points a night -- has on his team.
"I think it's concerning to everybody, an injury that might be longer than a game or two," Hornacek said. "He's getting evaluated. Hopefully we'll find out more. Tim was not only a scorer for us, he helped activity, drove to the basket. We're hoping it's not too long."
The 25-year-old made note of the intial pain at practice on Saturday. He has already been playing through a foot injury that is eerily similar to plantar fasciitis, but that diagnosis has not been made. Hsu said that it is possible Hardaway playing through his injuries could have led to the stress reaction.
Either way, Hornacek and the rest of the Knicks' organization is hoping for the best as they need Hardaway moving forward.
"He's a tough kid," Hornacek said. "He had ankle sprains and didn't miss practice. He'd play through those things. It's a good attribute to have in a guy. This could be a wear and tear. We'll find out more."