One positive to pull from the Knicks' loss to the Timberwolves Friday night was the return of Tim Hardaway Jr. after a 20-game hiatus.
Hardaway wasted no time getting shots up in the 24 limited minutes head coach Jeff Hornacek gave him. He went 6-for-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point land. He also had three boards, two assists, and two steals while posting a +11.
The most important aspect to pull out of his performance, though, was the fact that he didn't show any pain in his leg. Hardaway had been battling a stress reaction in his leg for over a month.
Hornacek said that Hardaway will be eased back into his normal minutes that would eventually result in returning to his starting role, barring any setbacks.
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Despite the loss, you could see how much better the Knicks offense was tonight with Tim Hardaway Jr. on the floor.
It was the first time the Timberwolves gave up more than 100 points in the past eight games. The Knicks were in desperate need of some three-point shooting, and Hardaway finished with four of them and 16 points.
He'll get more consistent as he begins to develop a rhythm, but he'll give Kristaps Porzingis a load off his shoulders, who needs a break from shooting 25 times a night.