NBA Summer League: Tim Hardaway impressive before spraining wrist

Mike Stobe

The ex-Wolverine started hot for the Knicks before leaving after just one quarter with injury.

LAS VEGAS -- An exciting start turned into a painful end for Tim Hardaway, Jr. on Sunday, who spent the final three quarters of the Knicks' 82-69 win over the Wizards icing a sprained left wrist.

"When I was on a fast break, I tripped," Hardaway explained after the game. "I tried to brace my landing and it didn't go that well for me. But I'll be fine. I'm good now, I'm just icing it, letting it rest, and hopefully I'm ready to go tomorrow."

Listen to Tim Hardaway's postgame interview

The injury interrupted a productive start to the game in which he scored nine points in 10 minutes, shooting 3-for-6 from the field with two rebounds.

"I was really anxious to play," he said. "I really wanted to get back out there, but for precautionary reasons [didn't return.] Stay cool, you always have another day to play. So I'm just going to wait and see."

Hardaway wasn't sure if New York's training staff would insist on additional tests but clearly did not seem overly concerned. "I think it's just a sprain," he said. "No big deal, I feel fine. It's not like I haven't played with a sprain before. Hopefully I'll be ready to go, but I have to listen to the doctors."

Hardaway struggled with his shot in his first game Friday, scoring 13 points but shooting just 4-of-12 from the field.

"I felt great. I felt more confident today, it felt good, everything was going smoothly. I was just upset a little bit because I had to come out and not play the rest of the game, but that's just my competitive nature. I'm happy my team got the win."

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