Tim Hardaway Jr. Slams Putback Dunk over Ray Allen

Joe FlynnContributor IJanuary 9, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 7: Tim Hardaway Jr. #5 of the New York Knicks directs his team during the game against the Detroit Pistons on January 7, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson decided to bench shooting guard J.R. Smith for Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat. Many of those minutes have gone to rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., and so far Hardaway is making Woodson look like a genius.

That vicious put-back over future Hall-of-Famer Ray Allen capped New York's 30-point third quarter. If Hardaway keeps this up, Smith might never again see the light of day.