Tim Hardaway Jr. played despite experiencing what he called “intense soreness” in his left foot that Jeff Hornacek acknowledged could be plantar fasciitis. But Hardaway said it isn’t that severe.
“I don’t know what Coach was talking about it, but it’s not that,” Hardaway said after scoring 13 points in the Knicks’ 107-85 win over the Clippers on Monday night. “It’s just intense soreness with ligaments and stuff. Other than that, it’s fine.”
Hardaway’s pain is in the bottom of his left foot, near his arch. When a reporter suggested that it sounded like plantar fasciitis, Hornacek didn’t rule it out, saying “it seems like that.”
Plantar fasciitis is a painful injury that requires rest and treatment, and Hardaway said that’s what he needs for it to heal. “I was thinking about resting, but I rested two days,” he said. “Two days of rest is good enough for me.”
He said he started feeling it after Wednesday’s win over Utah and that the pain “got worse and worse and worse.” He spent Saturday and Sunday receiving treatment and was held out of Sunday’s practice.
He said the trainers put some extra tape on the foot to keep it tight. He changed his sneakers and insoles and said he felt fine.
“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.”
Doc sees different Knicks
Clippers coach Doc Rivers has noticed that the Knicks are playing “freer’’ and have “a whole different spirit” this season. “It’s fun to watch them play,” he said before the game. “They play hard, they’re moving the ball. They play at a higher pace. They’re attacking the paint. You could see it early in the year, like the first couple times you saw them, ‘that’s a different team.’ Sometimes it’s more just their mindset, their spirit, whatever you want to call it. They’re an enjoyable team to watch.”
Ntilikina slowed by cold
Rookie Frank Ntilikina was under the weather and has battled some type of cold since Friday. He was scoreless in 11 minutes and didn’t play in the fourth quarter.