Knicks’ Isaiah Hartenstein bounces back at the right time

New York Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein is turning the corner after an Achilles injury ended his emerging game last winter. Over his last four games, Hartenstein is fourth on the Knicks in scoring with 14.0 points per game on an incredible 75.8% shooting from the field. The Knicks have won three of those four games, largely thanks to the 25-year-old’s work on the interior.

Hartenstein hit the peak of his 2023-24 season from Dec. 16-Feb. 2. The German-American center rose to the occasion in place of Mitchell Robinson with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Clippers on Dec. 11. 16 and went on to have eight games with 15 or more rebounds, 12 games with multiple steals and four games with five or more assists. His impactful +/- numbers helped the Knicks go 17-8 in that stretch.

From February 2nd until his last streak of noteworthy plays, he didn’t have a game in which he made any of those three markers. Now, the Knicks big man looks like his timely self again.

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