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Jeremy Lin not likely to play in Game 5 of series with Heat

2012/05/08 15:22:49

New York, May 7 (CNA) New York Knicks interim head coach said Monday that he was not counting on Jeremy Lin for Game 5 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat Wednesday.

Mike Woodson said that Lin, who underwent surgery April 2 to repair a torn meniscus, has not fully regained peak form.

"I've watched him shoot and run up and down. He's not in great shape and you know as well as I know that playoff basketball, you've got to be at an all-time high, and he hasn't played in awhile," Woodson said.

The coach said that the second-year point guard looked good, but questions remained over whether doctors think he has had enough time to recover from the operation and return to a game setting.

"I can't make that decision," Woodson said.

He stressed that he was not denying Lin a chance to play but was being cautious about rushing him back to action.

Lin took part in 3-on-3 workouts over the past two days and his condition was being evaluated daily, Woodson said.

Baron Davis, who has started for Knicks at point guard since Lin was sidelined with the injury in late March, tore his knee in Game 4 and will be out for at least a year, leading to speculation that Lin might be pushed into action in what could be the Knicks' final game of the year.

If Lin cannot go, backups Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas will rotate at the point guard spot in Wednesday's game.

The heavily favored Heat lead the best-of-seven series three games to one and will advance to the second round of the playoffs if they beat the Knicks in Game 5.

(By Leaf Chiang and Lilian Wu)
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