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The New York Knicks will be without shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Tim Hardaway Jr. made his much-needed return to the lineup last week for the New York Knicks after missing 20 games due to a leg injury. Hardaway has played two games — coming off the bench — and played well scoring 16 and 25 points respectively.

On Monday, in the second half of a back-to-back, the Knicks will rest Hardaway. New York takes on the division rival Brooklyn Nets, but they have to worry about their upcoming road trip. The Knicks play their next six games on the road.

New York has lost 10 of their last 12 games and with that road trip coming up a win today would be big. Especially because playing in Brooklyn is essentially a home game for the Knicks.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek got on his team about their defense and turnovers in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Rightfully so, the Knicks blew a 16 point third quarter lead and gave up 48 points to Anthony Davis.

It’s good to hear the coach talk realize what the team’s problems are. The Knicks have been throwing “soft passes” all season long. It’s not just one player who’s guilty of that. Hornacek sounds hopeful that this road trip can turn things around.

It feels like the next seven games could be make or break as to whether or not this is a playoff team.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.