Thibodeau updates Hartenstein’s status

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau spoke briefly about the status of starting center Isaiah Hartenstein as his team prepared for Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT), keeping quiet but slightly optimistic.

“He’s got a good left foot, and we’ll see where he’s at tomorrow,” Thibodeau said in a video from SNY. The coach also reiterated that Hartenstein did not practice Monday beyond watching film and said the tall man received “medical treatment” when asked if x-rays were involved.

Even though Thibodeau has kept his cards close to his chest, the fact that the Knicks are even considering playing Hartenstein in Brooklyn can certainly be seen as a step in the right direction, especially after he left Saturday’s game early. Precious Achiuwa took over Hartenstein’s minutes in the win over the Raptors and had a season-best 11 rebounds, helping New York maintain a lead of more than 30 on the offensive glass in the 126-100 win.