Hardaway Jr. (ankle) questionable

April, 2, 2014
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Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. is questionable for Wednesday's Knicks-Nets game with a sprained right ankle.

The shooting guard sprained his ankle late in the Knicks' win over the Jazz on Monday.

He underwent X-Rays after the game. The tests came back negative, according to the team.

If Hardaway Jr. can't play against Brooklyn, the Knicks will have to find a way to fill a significant void on offense. He's been an integral piece for the bench, averaging 10.9 points in the Knicks' last 15 games. New York is 11-4 in that stretch.

If Hardaway is forced to sit Wednesday, the Knicks will likely need more scoring from starting shooting guard J.R. Smith and backup SG Iman Shumpert.

Shumpert's averaged 5.3 points per game on 38 percent shooting in his last 15 games.

New York will take the court Wednesday one game behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and face tough odds the rest of the way.

Atlanta has nine games left. Four of the nine are against teams with records over .500. Three of the Hawks' opponents (Milwaukee, Boston, Detroit) are a combined 94 games under .500.

The Knicks have seven games to play. All seven are against teams over .500.

New York also trails the Hawks by two games in the loss column. Atlanta holds the tiebreaker by virtue of the team's record against Eastern Conference opponents.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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