— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) January 6, 2018
The New York Knicks have been downright tough to take during the non-Tim Hardaway Jr. era this season. Now, three games under .500, Timmy looks to seriously be on the mend. Watch him drive hard to the rack in practice.
The final story of the 2017-18 New York Knicks has yet been written or even realized. A feelgood early-season success led by the monster that was Kristaps Porzingis has now turned into a below-average NBA squad sitting at three games below .500.
Since Tim Hardaway Jr. took his name to the shelf on Nov. 29, 2017, after an impressive 115-86 victory at home against the Miami Heat, New York has gone 6-11 over its last 17 games.
We saw the hurt the team found themselves in early when Kanter went down. Even with Kanter back, the Knickerbockers big man has been battling through injury the entire season. He probably hasn’t played a game at 100 percent since the third week of the season.
For the last month-and-change, Timmy’s been the missing piece. There just isn’t enough depth to overcome an injury to the team’s second-best scoring option.
It’s even transformed Porzingis from an NBA scoring stud to just one of the top 20 or so. Just look at the decline in production. The postman has no perimeter outlet or threat around him to consistently knock down the three. Doug McDermott and Courtney Lee do the best they can, they each is no Timmy.
Thank goodness for Twitter on this day. More specifically, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News who provided all in the Big Apple much-needed hope.
As you’ve already seen from the video above, Hardaway is moving on the court very well. On the shared instance, he beats Ron Baker to the right and to the rack.
The official return from injury remains unclear, but it’s looking promising.