After sitting out on Monday against the Nets, Tim Hardaway Jr. is back in the Knicks' lineup for their matchup against the Grizzlies on the road Wednesday.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek said he would be easing Hardaway back into his scheme as he returns from missing 20 straight games with a stress injury in his leg. He played 33 minutes against the Pelicans this past Sunday, which led to the Knicks shutting him down on Monday.
The 25-year-old understands the process, and is ready to contribute during the Knicks six-game trip to the West Coast.
"Feels good," Hardaway told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "If I felt something I wouldn't be playing right now. I feel fine, ready to go. Nothing's wrong. Just going through the process."
Making sure Hardaway doesn't overexert himself is the main priority for the Knicks' staff at the moment. His minutes, according to Hornacek, will stay around the mid-20s as he shows his progression to full strength. Overtime with the Pelicans didn't help that number.
"Doctors and trainers, they just wanted to keep it a steady number here for a little bit," Hornacek said. "If it's a couple of minutes over, couple under, that's fine. But I think it's the overtime that did that, and we made sure we weren't going to play him the next day."
There is still no timetable to when Hardaway will earn his starting role back. For now, he will continue to come off the bench, and provide a spark for the Knicks.
He has come back with a bang, having tallied 16 points and 25 points against the Timberwolves and Pelicans respectively. He is shooting 47 percent between the two games as well.