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The Knicks are now 11-11 this season. A solid record. Certainly a nice step in the right direction from the recent past. But lately they’re dealing with some injuries. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Already without Kristaps Porzingis (ankle/illness), the Knicks unexpectedly learned shortly before tipoff that second-leading Tim Hardaway Jr. (left leg) would also be out. Though the team overcame an early 17-point deficit, the Knicks struggled late without their top options, fading in the fourth quarter, and falling to the Magic, 105-100, Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks (11-11) play the Pacers on Monday night having lost four of their past five games. The Knicks announced Hardaway has a stress injury in his lower left leg and will not travel to Indiana, and neither will Porzingis.

Despite losing Porzingis in the opening minutes of Wednesday’s win against the Heat, the Knicks put on one of their best performances of the season. But the superstar’s second straight absence, combined with Hardaway — whose previously unreported injury was announced barely 30 minutes before the game began — sitting for the first time all season, was too much to overcome.

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And here’s the New York Daily News:

The hope is that Porzingis will be available for Wednesday’s home game against Memphis which would give his ankle a full week to recover. Hardaway’s status is unclear and the Knicks didn’t provide many answers to what caused the injury or how long it could sideline the veteran shooting guard.

Hardaway Jr. had been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot but that appears to be unrelated to his most recent injury.

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Hornets begin stretch of home games

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The Hornets are just 8-13 so far this season, which is the 12th best record in the Eastern conference. The upcoming week will provide an interesting variety tests at home which may help determine which direction they’re headed. Here’s the Charlotte Observer reporting the latest:

This is a big week for the Hornets, with four consecutive home games (Magic, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers) over six days. The Hornets have been terrible on the road this season (1-10), but are 7-3 at Spectrum Center.

Ten of the Hornets’ next 13 games are in Charlotte. What has to change to get this team right?

“We’ve got to change our approach. We have to have carryover from (what’s instructed in) shootarounds to the games,” Walker said. “Coach (Steve Clifford) and the staff give us a great game plan each and every night to execute, and we haven’t been doing that.

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