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Jeremy Lin to be on minute watch when he returns

Mar 29, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

New York Knicks Lin and team mate Anthony sit on the bench in Toronto Reuters

Jeremy Lin has sat out the last two games for the Knicks and is questionable for Friday night due to a sore right knee.

When he does come back, he’s going to be playing limited minutes, Mike Woodson said, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday on Sulia.

Since the knee issues came from “overuse,” Mike Woodson said when Lin returns he’ll likely have to limit his minutes. “Yeah, I got a bunch of guys that I got to watch minutes,” Woodson said. “But we have enough players to do that I think where we don’t have to burn guys and play 30 or 35 minutes or 40 minutes. When guys get back I have to watch that closely.”

With the Knicks on a back-to-back this weekend, expect Lin to play in just one of those games.

The Knicks got 25 points and great defense out of Iman Shumpert in their win over the Magic, and they are going to need more games out of role players just like that. Carmelo Anthony will get his (even with a strained groin) and Tyson Chandler will anchor the defense, but with Stoudemire out and Lin limited other guys are going to be key for the Knicks.

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