5 Facts to Know: Knicks at Timberwolves

The Knicks head out to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves tonight.

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1 Will Hardaway Play?

Tim Hardaway Jr. speaks to the media on his injury and how close he is to returning as he continues to build confidence and momentum.

Tim Hardaway Jr. continued his road to recovery Thursday, as the Knicks’ guard practiced with the team.

The 25-year-old hasn’t played since Nov. 29 and the Knicks would love nothing more than to have another dynamic offensive player on the floor.

2 KP & KAT Duel Again


Two of the NBA’s top young stars will take the floor against the each other, as Kristaps Porzingis meets fellow 2015 NBA Draftee Karl-Anthony Towns tonight.

In four career matchups against Porzingis, Towns is averaging 29 points per game and 11.3 rebounds compared to KP’s 14.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds.

But Porzingis has enjoyed the better of it in terms of the win-loss record. In four matchups against the Timberwolves, Porzingis’ Knicks are undefeated.

3 Jack Turning Back the Clock

Al Trautwig, Alan Hahn and Wally Szczerbiak put the player's spotlight on Jarrett Jack after the Knicks' point guard recorded a triple-double against the Bulls.

Jarrett Jack stepped up in a big way in Wednesday’s contest against the Bulls, recording his second-ever triple-double of his career.

He finished the night with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 rebounds. Jack is averaging 11.2 points per game and 6.2 assists in his last five games.

4 "The Walking Bucket" Returns


After sitting out Sunday’s win vs. Dallas due to an ankle injury, Michael Beasley returned Wednesday and continued to spark the Knicks off the bench.

Beasley scored 26 points and grabbed 12 boards against the Bulls.

5 History Tonight?

Courtney Lee has made 43 consecutive free throws and is just two away from setting the Knicks franchise record.

After not attempting a free throw Wednesday, Courtney Lee still remains two free throws short of breaking the Knicks all-time consecutive free throws record.

Lee has made 43 straight free throws, tied for second all-time with Danilo Gallinari, while Chris Duhon holds the record with 44 consecutive.

[READ: Rick Barry has some advice for Lee]