Tim Hardaway Jr.: No reason Knicks can’t make playoff push

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Hornacek can talk all he wants about the Knicks organization’s vision that making playoffs is not a priority during this season of development. Tim Hardaway Jr., after being in the dance two straight seasons with Atlanta, wants to be in the playoffs. Coming off his

Knicks nip Jazz as Tim Hardaway dominates in return as a starter

SALT LAKE CITY — Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the starting lineup and returned to being a difference-maker. After three games of coming off the bench to preserve his minutes, all resulting in losses, Hardaway started and erupted. He finished with 31 points in 27 minutes as the Knicks

The flaws exposing Knicks roster near trade deadline

SALT LAKE CITY — There was anger in the Knicks’ locker room late Wednesday night and anger in Jeff Hornacek’s voice after their 105-99 meltdown in Memphis. Perhaps they were hit by the realization of a playoff race slipping away into a developmental phase. Whispers are another few terrible

Tim Hardaway Jr. won’t talk last game, will talk playoffs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Though Tim Hardaway Jr. didn’t want to address the club sitting him on MLK Day in Brooklyn for precautionary reasons, the Knicks swingman still sees a playoff run on the horizon. Hardaway is back for a game Wednesday against the Grizzlies at FedExForum — his third

Knicks come out flat, lose cool late in ugly loss to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There’s no excuse falling behind 18 points to these injury-wracked, rebuilding Grizzlies. Yes, the Knicks made a stout fourth-quarter rally, cut the deficit to three in the final minute, but shot themselves in the foot in the game’s last 25 seconds. To start their six-game trip against

Knicks paying today for Tim Hardaway Jr.’s game yesterday

With the Knicks remaining cautious after he soared over his minutes limit in Sunday’s overtime loss to New Orleans, Tim Hardaway Jr. sat out Monday’s second leg of a back-to-back against the Nets. After playing 25 minutes in his return Friday in Minnesota and an extended 33 minutes in

Hornacek threatens changes after ripping into Knicks

Forty-seven seconds into the second half, Jeff Hornacek called timeout and proceeded to rip into his players on the bench. A wide-open Anthony Davis jump shot infuriated the Knicks coach, continuing a pattern of sloppy starts in the third quarter. He’s not going to stand for it much longer. “We

Tim Hardaway Jr. “surprised’ he felt so good in first game back

MINNEAPOLIS — He wasn’t so rusty. Tim Hardaway Jr. said he did felt better than he expected despite the Knicks’ losing upon his return, 118-108, at the Target Center on Friday. After missing almost six weeks and 20 games with a stress reaction in his lower left leg, Hardaway was

Tim Hardaway Jr. returns to Knicks but won’t start yet

MINNEAPOLIS – Tim Hardaway Jr. was to make his return from a nearly six-week absence but come off the bench, Jeff Hornacek said Friday night. Hardaway has missed the last 20 games with a stress reaction in his lower left leg. “It’s easier for him to come off the bench

Tim Hardaway Jr.’s return can’t save Knicks from another road “L’

MINNEAPOLIS — Twenty-five minutes of Tim Hardaway Jr. wasn’t enough to lift the Knicks out of their road doldrums. A not-so-rusty Hardaway made his long-anticipated return Friday, coming off the bench for 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting, but Kristaps Porzingis was still absent. Porzingis registered another rough

Michael Beasley’s fate is sealed, and he knows it

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Beasley apparently couldn’t score enough buckets to ensure a permanent spot in the rotation once Tim Hardaway Jr. is back to full minutes. Hardaway is questionable for the Knicks’ game Friday against the Timberwolves, but will play limited minutes if he does. Hornacek said once Hardaway

Why Knicks think Hardaway can spark a Porzingis revival

MINNEAPOLIS — Jeff Hornacek thinks things will improve for Kristaps Porzingis once he gets his wingman, Tim Hardaway Jr., back. After his MVP-like start, the 7-foot-3 Latvian has been in a downward spiral since early December, creating “a burden’’ on Porzingis, according to Hornacek. In excerpts obtained by The Post

Knicks brace for rotation shake-up as Tim Hardaway nears return

The availability of Tim Hardaway Jr. for the Knicks in Minnesota on Friday and their ability to win on the road are pretty much the same. Both are questionable. Hardaway went through another full practice Thursday at the team’s Tarrytown facility. His official listing is “questionable” against the Timberwolves. Hardaway,

An early Tim Hardaway Jr. return comes into view

Tim Hardaway Jr. is nearly back. The Knicks shooting guard was a full practice participant Tuesday for the first time since he was shut down with a stress reaction in his left leg, even scrimmaging full court at the end and then sticking around to put up extra shots

Jeff Hornacek won’t alter Knicks’ plans for tough back-to-back

The Knicks play Tuesday against the Spurs and Wednesday against the Wizards. Suffice to say a back-to-back set is not the Knicks’ preferred modus operandi. They have had seven back-to-backs and are just 2-5 in the second games of such sets. Now when the opponent faces a similar scenario,

The Knicks are missing their “Angry Grandpa’

NEW ORLEANS — It took a while, but the sliding Knicks now feel Tim Hardaway Jr.’s extended absence full bore. Michael Beasley calls Hardaway “Angry Grandpa,” and the Knicks miss his spirited oncourt fight — as well as his scoring. It has been almost four weeks since he was

Finally tangible proof Tim Hardaway Jr. is getting better

At least he’s not going backward. The stress injury to Tim Hardaway Jr.’s lower left leg is taking ample time to heal, but he is making progress, albeit slowly, it seems. Hardaway wasn’t wearing a brace on his left leg as he took jump shots, went through shooting drills and

Tim Hardaway Jr.’s “progress’ doesn’t clarify his return

CHICAGO – Tim Hardaway Jr. won’t be making his return to start the new year. In the latest update after his Tuesday reevaluation, the Knicks announced he still will “continue to be reevaluated weekly.” The Knicks said in a statement Hardaway “is making consistent progress in his rehabilitation. He

Tim Hardaway’s dad sounds off on all those who doubted his son

His father sees Tim Hardaway Jr. as a future All-Star. As such, Tim Hardaway Sr., the former Heat All-Star point guard and now a Pistons assistant, said he was “upset” at the vicious reaction last July after the Knicks inked his son to a four-year, $71 million deal. While Hardaway

Frank Ntilikina contained Kyrie Irving when it mattered most

Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina got his first experience facing Kyrie Irving, and it went better than he could have hoped. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with Ntilikina in the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Celtics, and the rookie made the West Orange, N.J., great work hard.

Tim Hardaway Jr. gets another week in injury purgatory

The Knicks still have no definitive timetable on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s complicated “stress injury” after his “reevaluation.’’ The club announced that “based on his progress,” Hardaway will step up his rehab and courtwork and be reevaluated again in another week. He already has missed the past 16 days with

Knicks about to learn just how bad Tim Hardaway injury is

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While Kristaps Porzingis missed his second straight game with a sore left knee Monday, Tim Hardaway Jr. is bracing for news on his own timetable. Hardaway will be reevaluated Tuesday for the stress injury in his left leg and find out how much longer he’ll be

It looks like Ron Baker busted out of his sophomore slump

The sophomore jinx is starting to turn for Ron Baker. Given a new lease on his second season because of Tim Hardaway Jr.’s leg injury, Baker is back to being “Ron Burgundy” — the affectionate nickname Carmelo Anthony bestowed on him as a rookie. As part of their balanced attack

Tim Hardaway Jr. finds a new role while trying to wait out injury

It’s a tricky injury, a stress reaction/fracture that requires more rest than rehab. So Knicks swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. is trying to use his extra time to help the team off the court. His father, Hall-of-Fame candidate Tim Hardaway, is currently a Pistons assistant coach, so it’s not unfamthomable

Enes Kanter’s old coach offers major praise for new Knicks stud

PHILADELPHIA — Knicks center Enes Kanter won’t say whether his former Thunder teammates miss him in the locker room. But his former coach Billy Donovan will. Donovan said Kanter, his former backup center to Steven Adams was always a good locker-room personality, though he stopped short of calling him

Hardaway Jr. speaks on mysterious injury: “This is serious’

Knicks swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. indicated his absence will last past the Christmas season. In his first remarks since going down with “a stress injury” in his lower left leg, Hardaway called it a “serious injury,” said he’s not going to “force the issue” and declined to give himself

Frank Ntilikina is confused on how he can best help Knicks

Frank Ntilikina can impact a game in several ways, but right now the rookie doesn’t know how he should. Following a promising start to the season, the 19-year-old point guard’s production has slipped in nearly every category. Through 21 games, Ntilikina ranks second to last on the team in

The draft incentive that comes with Knicks ending road woes

A victory in Chicago Saturday would be a boost to the Knicks’ awful road record. And it also would be a boon to their draft-night hopes — getting them closer to the coveted 31st pick in the draft. In the unsung part of the Carmelo Anthony trade with Oklahoma City

Kristaps Porzingis: “We’ll find ways to win’ without Hardaway

Kristaps Porzingis revealed he had a stress fracture when he played in Spain four years ago and remembers only missing “a couple of weeks.’’ So he’s hopeful Tim Hardaway Jr.’s “stress injury’’ won’t derail the season. Back in the lineup Wednesday, Porzingis scored 18 points and made a bigger

Two co-captains propel Knicks to key win in Porzingis’ return

With Tim Hardaway Jr. out for a few weeks, the Knicks needed leadership, and the team’s co-captains didn’t let them down Wednesday. Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas, voted the club’s co-captains before the season, carried the Knicks in a 99-88 victory over the Grizzlies at the Garden. In their first