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It is no longer ‘inconceivable’ that Jeremy Lin could play in the first round

Apr 29, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto Reuters

The New York Times reports Saturday that Knicks guard Jeremy Lin began one-on-one drills before the Knicks’ demolition loss to the Heat in Game 1. Mike Woodson has repeatedly said that Lin is out for the entire first-round with swelling in his sore knee. From the New York Times:

The Knicks have not officially changed Lin’s prognosis, which called for a six-week recovery period and would probably cover the first round. But it is now conceivable that Lin will play in this series, depending on how long it goes.

The team will wait to see how Lin’s knee responds to Saturday’s workout before deciding whether to accelerate his return. He would still need time to regain his conditioning and stamina.

via Knicks’ Lin Is Back on the Court, Playing One on One – NYTimes.com.

Trying to rush Lin back is not the answer. Him miraculously saving the Knicks would make for a great ending to his terrific story this season, but hurting his knee further, impacting his career and costing him what he needs to be the best he can be is much worse. It’s hard to say that it would be worth it to get him back.

Say that he’s available for Game 4. If the Knicks are down 2-1, is it worth tying the series? What if they’re down 3-0 with blowouts? Or if they’re up 2-1? Trying to unwrap that riddle is very difficult, and the Knicks are going to have to think long and hard about it. For starters, Lin’s not going to help with their defense, which was porous on Saturday. But he would help the offense, which was anemic. With Iman Shumpert out, his minutes might be useful for nothing else but to give Baron Davis a rest.

It’s still a longshot that Lin will play. But it’s something to keep an eye on, and we will.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  2. canehouse - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    he could barely dribble last time he faced the HEAT… I look forward to seeing the HEAT do it again!!!

  3. trickybastard - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Its inconceivable Kurt Heilin didn’t write this article, he loves Jeremy Lin!

  4. marlin1894 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    New York still has a long way to go to become competitive, I look forward to the day when a playoff series between Miami and New York means something again, all it is right now is the 2nd seed pounding a 7th seed. As a Heat fan, I’d like to thank JR Smith for being himself.

  5. gavin1978 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Let’s go babee Yeahhhhhhhh

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Dont do it Jeremy…in fact…take the rest of the year off…not because I don’t want to see you play but because you proved to be fun to watch and bring it back strong next year

    Go Heat!

  7. abchome - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Lin’s return or not will have little impact. It’s on Melo to make this series competitive.

  8. jobotjones - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Don’t you mean Lin-conceivable?

  9. acdc363 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Nice article Mr. Moore

  10. jolink653 - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    as a knicks fan he needs to be shut down for the year…getting him hurt again in a series that might not mean anything for the knicks is the last thing we need for the future…don’t try to overdo it this year plan for the future get him healthy and appreciate the strides the knicks took this year…we have a good coach and a new outlook on the game…the defense improved and i think a full offseason together will really help this team gel and come out strong and ready to compete for a championship next year

    and jr smith really needs to decline his option and play for someone else he kills the team with these terrible shots and stupid fouls he commits…he can be good on both ends of the floor but the bad negates the good and he’s a player the knicks really can do without

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