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Jeremy Lin not looking likely for Game 5, so Melo at point?

May 7, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami Reuters

With Baron Davis out, “Jeremy Lin Watch 2012” is on in full force for the Knicks as they head into Game 5 in Miami Wednesday.

Lin has been working out, but when coach Mike Woodson spoke with reporters Monday it didn’t sound like Lin would play, but since his other option is Bibby Woodson was looking for a workaround. Here are the tweets out of that conference call from Howard Beck at the New York Times.

Woodson: “I’m not counting on Jeremy Lin to play.”

Summing up Woodson conf call: Bibby will start. Douglas might play. Jeremy Lin sounding very unlikely. Could use a lot of Melo/JR at point

Carmelo Anthony at the point… Woodson was on the bench when Mike D’Antoni tried that, right? Then again, Anthony might try hard for Woodson.

Woodson doesn’t have a lot of options so Smith and ‘Melo controlling the flow of play are really his only good options.

If the Knicks had been healthy this series — Iman Shumpert, Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and now Baron Davis — the games would have been a lot more competitive. The series outcome would not have changed, but it would have been more interesting.

  1. cakemixa - May 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    LOL, Carmelo playing a position where he needs to pass the ball? The guy makes Kobe look like a selfless distributor, for crying out loud.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Melo is fine bringing the ball up. He may actually pass it more often since the Heat will converge on him. JR can’t keep having these 3-15, 4-18 nights because he’s gonna have open looks, as the only other guy who can create his own shot.

    Our chances are slimmer than most runway models, but anything can happen. Lin just needs to rest for next season and have a full training camp. He ain’t making a difference in this series. Baron isn’t a HUGE loss with his turnovers and bad defense, but I feel for him and that knee. We miss Shump more than anyone.

    JR can bring the ball up and initiate things also, but the minute Toney Douglas steps on the floor we will OFFICIALLY be gone fishin’.

    • livingsacrifice86 - May 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      You seem to be a Knicks fan…can you tell me what happened to T. Douglas? Seemed like he had some nice moments as a rookie and the beginning of this year. Did he really fall off that much? I was wondering yesterday why he sits at the end of the bench now.

      • dysraw1 - May 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        yo we gotta dust off Tony Douglas, the problem with Tony was the last coach dick D’antonee, did not use Tony properly played a lot of 2g when he should have been learning to lead and if you can’t setup STAT then you are useless.

      • dysraw1 - May 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        I think its a confidence thing with Tony right now, a lot of players started to shink when we got Melo, think how u didn’t want to look bad when you got to play with the best ball players in the park,

  3. reddolfan66 - May 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    It’s over!!

    • nokoolaidcowboy - May 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Do these thumbs down mean you believe the Knicks are going to pull out one of the best playoff comebacks ever? With this group? Gimme some of what you’re smoking!

      – Pragmatic Knicks Fan

  4. florida727 - May 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    “Mr. Wright”, the runway model line is priceless. Unless you have copyrights on it, hope you’re okay with me using it going forward. It is a classic.

    More to the point: Lin’s not coming back. Why risk injury on an early return when, realistically, the Knicks won’t be advancing? If it was Game 7, maybe. Still needing 3 wins? Don’t see it.

  5. nokoolaidcowboy - May 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Melo at point? This is where you wonder about Coach Woodson. There are no other PGs on the bench? With so much time off between games they can’t prep Tony Douglas?


  6. majorhavoc83 - May 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    At this point, there is no up-side to having Lin start. Jeremy is recovering from surgery and has only been working out recently. He has hard zero minutes of play for over a month. There’s no way he’ll be able to play for full minutes just now, and I’d imagine the risk of re-injury is high at this point in his recovery. Why would the Knicks risk playing Lin now? Presuming they are going to re-sign him for next season (and I really hope they do), he needs to go through a full training camp, get even better and be there for the Knicks in the 2012-13 campaign.

  7. dysraw1 - May 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    yo when shump went down i kinda said they got it, the Heat are likely to win but they aint all that and will be had

  8. dysraw1 - May 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    J Lin is gonna be a brilliant back up next season

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