Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Injured New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin will not play in the third playoff game against Miami Heat early Friday (Taiwan time), Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday after Lin began a 3-on-3 full court practice earlier that day, according to an ESPN report.
The Knicks star, who is recovering from knee surgery, joined in a full-court scrimmage, "taking contact and making some aggressive moves to the basket" for the first time since the April 2 operation to repair a left-knee meniscus tear, the report said.
However, Woodson said he will remain out in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series at Madison Square Garden.
"This is the first time he's been able to run up and down," Woodson said. "He's gone through a lot of drills. The test is if he can cut and guard people and be able to handle the ball and make plays off the dribble," Woodson told ESPN.
In fact, Woodson said he was not sure whether Lin will be able to return in time for any of the first round, in which the Knicks have so far suffered two straight losses.
Meanwhile, American columnist Gabe Zaldivar also said rushing Lin back into the game against the Heat would not do any good, since even a healthy Lin can hardly hold such strong opponents in check.
"The last thing the Knicks need is to rush Lin back only to see him go down much like Derrick Rose did for the Chicago Bulls," Zaldivar wrote. The Bulls' Most Valued Player guard left the game in Game 1 against the Philadephia 76ers due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Rose is not expected to come back for the rest of the post-season series and could be sidelined for six to nine months, according to ESPN.
Zaldivar suggested that Woodson bring Lin back only when he is fully healthy and can give the Knicks a "clear advantage."
In a more light-hearted vein that same day, Lin posted a photo of a framed life-size Lin jersey made of fruit roll-ups -- a popular type of candy -- on his Facebook page, saying that "I would eat it if it weren't framed."
(By Yue Yu-chia and Kendra Lin)