The Knicks were missing their two best players on Sunday—both Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. sat out the 105-100 loss to the Magic at MSG. That certainly didn’t portend well for Monday, as the Knicks have to hit the road to Indiana for the second game of a back-to-back.
And lo, the team has already announced that Porzingis and Hardaway will not play Monday. They didn’t even make the trip to corn country.
Hardaway’s scratch from Sunday’s game came as a surprise to Knicks fans. He is dealing with what is being described as a “stress injury in his left shin.”
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the team's medical staff tested Hardaway's injury due to lingering soreness and added that the staff will continue to monitor it.
Hornacek said Hardaway's ailment is unrelated to the left foot plantar fasciitis he played with earlier this month.
The club is hopeful that the shin injury will not sideline Hardaway for an extended stretch of games.
Kristaps injured his ankle during last Wednesday’s win over the Miami Heat. He was also said to be under the weather this weekend. Following Monday, the Knicks’ next game will be at home on Wednesday.