Tim Hardaway Jr. took one for the team as he played through his "intense soreness" in his left foot last night against the Clippers.
Hardaway has been dealing with the soreness since last Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz and underwent X-rays after Friday's loss to the Toronto Raptors. Head coach Jeff Hornacek hinted that plantar fasciitis may be the reason for his pain, but Hardaway begs to differ.
"I don't know what Coach was talking about it, but it's not that," Hardaway told Newsday. "It's just intense soreness with ligaments and stuff. Other than that, it's fine."
Hardaway's pain, which stems near the arch of his foot, is eerily similar to plantar fasciitis. Treating requires rest most of all, and Hardway thinks two days was enough for him.
"I was thinking about resting, but I rested two days," Hardaway said. "Two days of rest is good enough for me."
Knicks trainers wrapped his foot with tape to keep it tight, and Hardaway changed his sneakers and insoles to stay comfortable.
The Knicks have one day off Tuesday before playing the Raptors Wednesday night, and Hardaway will see how he's feeling when the time comes.
"I'll see how he responds after playing tonight after having a couple days off," Hornacek said. "Hopefully he gets through tonight's game and comes in tomorrow and says, 'Oh, yeah, OK, it didn't get worse. It might be getting a little better.' We just have to play that by ear."
Hardaway notched 13 points in the team's 107-85 win over the Clippers.