Anfernee Hardaway was back in the lineup for the Suns last night against the Cavaliers after missing 21 games with a foot injury.

"He was cleared to play. He's worked out the past few days," Suns Coach Scott Skiles said. "He worked out real hard yesterday in L.A. We talked when he got here today and we just felt like it was a good time for him to get his feet wet.

"We could wait two or three or four more days, but if he's ready, he's ready."

Hardaway had been on the injured list since Dec. 21 with what was eventually diagnosed as a partially torn plantar fascia on the bottom of his right foot. Initially, doctors didn't know the injury was a tear and thought rest was all that was necessary.

But when the pain didn't subside, Hardaway went to a specialist in Los Angeles who diagnosed a partial tear. His foot was in a cast for two weeks.

Hardaway went through an intense workout in Los Angeles on Friday.

"It went well," Hardaway said before last night's game. "I had a few cuts I was afraid to make, but I got used to doing it."

He said he experienced no pain. Hardaway said he began feeling good about five days ago.

To make room for Hardaway, the Suns placed F-C Mark West on the injured list with back spasms.