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Jeremy Lin unlikely to play in Knicks' next playoff game

2012/05/04 18:47:16

New York, May 3 (CNA) New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin said Thursday he may not play in Game 4 of his team's first-round NBA playoff series against the Miami Heat after feeling soreness in his surgically repaired left knee following a scrimmage a day earlier.

Lin, who underwent surgery April 2 to repair a torn meniscus, had held out hope earlier this week of returning in time for Game 4 against the Heat, scheduled for Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

But he said Thursday his knee has not healed quickly enough for him to play Sunday, which would be the Knicks' final game of the season if they lose.

"I haven't been able to load it or jump or explode or drive by somebody the way I want to, so it's going to be longer than that," said Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent.

The second-year point guard participated in a 3-on-3 full court practice Wednesday, during which he made some aggressive moves to the basket and was exposed to contact for the first time since the knee operation.

He stayed off the court for treatment Thursday as planned, but the knee did not react the way he had hoped.

"I really don't want to say I am or am not (returning). I just want to take it day by day. Game 4 doesn't look great," Lin said.

The Harvard economics graduate said he plans to scrimmage again either Friday or Saturday.

"It depends on how the knee reacts to everyday things," Lin said. "We're going to add more, trying to jump and finish and see how it reacts and finish. ... Today was the first day after my first day of contact. It wasn't the best. It wasn't the worst."

Dressed in a suit, Lin sat on the Knicks' bench to cheer his teammates during the team's third playoff game against the Miami Garden Thursday night.

Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said before the game that Lin will get one more day of scrimmaging before medical staff meet May 5 to evaluate his condition.

Woodson stressed that he didn't want to rush Lin back to the court.

"I'm not pushing anything," Woodson said, adding that there is no timetable for Lin's return. "We're just going to wait it out and see where we are with him."

The likelihood Lin will play again this season dimmed considerably after the Knicks fell to the Heat 87-70 in Game 3 Thursday night, leaving New York trailing 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

(By Leaf Chiang and Sofia Wu)