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With Baron Davis out, can Jeremy Lin return to help Knicks?

May 7, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

Knicks' Davis grabs his right knee after an injury in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York Reuters

When Baron Davis went down it looked bad. The video of the injury is at the bottom of this post but don’t watch it if you are squeamish.

Davis suffered a dislocated kneecap. He’s done for these playoffs and frankly this could be the sad end to his career (he will be 33 next season and his production was already in decline due to age and other injuries).

Davis’s kneecap leaves the Knicks in a tighter bind — and their bind was already plenty tight being down 3-1 to the Miami Heat. Davis was the starting point guard and without him the Knicks lean on Mike Bibby. The guy the Heat let walk at the end of the last season for nothing.

Of course, there’s always Jeremy Lin… if he is back from knee surgery and ready to go by Wednesday. Can he be? ESPNNewYork.com looked into it.

“He’ll get back into the gym (Monday) talk to the doctors about where he is physically,” (Knicks coach Mike) Woodson said. “We’ll make some decisions before we get on the plane and head to Miami.”

They have a few days, and smart money says Lin is on the plane to Miami with the team. But whether or not he can play remains to be seen.

Lin or no Lin isn’t going to swing the series to the Knicks. But he gives New York a fighting chance that Bibby and Toney Douglas — the other two point guards on the roster — do not. New York needs Lin back. We’ll see if they get him.

  1. cakemixa - May 7, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Yeah, because he was so helpful and effective the last time he played the Heat. A real difference maker. Lol.

    • gmen4life33 - May 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      “Knicks are winning this series. Tough this gam out, Lin helps steal game 5, game 6 in Garden inspries Knicks, MIA chokes in 7.”

      Wrote that before last nights game, and its going to happen. LBJ after last nights game “Of course I am disappointed, I wanted the ball in my hand at the end of the game, but that didnt happen”

      MIA is a game 5 loss away from turning on each other. Lets go NYK!

      • blueintown - May 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        You’re hilarious.

  2. reddolfan66 - May 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Doesn’t matter there done!! Go Heat!!!

  3. omniusprime - May 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Sad that Baron Davis suffered that horrible knee injury, too bad it wasn’t Lincompetent who suffered it, the Snickers would be better off. Don’t expect Lincompetent to do anything but stink up the court if he plays, he’s rushing back too soon and has been out too long to do anything worthwhile, as if he ever was before his injury. Best thing for Lincompetent to do is retire and find a real job with his Economics degree.

    • nesportsfan0428 - May 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      I see what you did there. Instead of “Lin” you replaced it with “Lincompetent” (3 times.) and you replaced “Knicks” with “Snickers”.

      You’re very clever. It’s not easy inventing a catch-phrase or slang that no-one is going to use ever, but you did. Bravo sir, bravo.

      • electstat - May 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        If only I could give this more than one thumbs up

  4. reddolfan66 - May 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    It’s over go Heat!!

  5. canehouse - May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Please let him play.

  6. patsfanvt - May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    lin is no nash but they’re a lot better off with him than with bibby

  7. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Yes, Jeremy Lin won’t be ready to play. If his knee is 100% it will still take a couple of weeks to get into shape.

  8. 66muds99 - May 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I’m of 2 minds about. First is, of course not. It’s too much of a risk. My second is: Oh wow, this might be a back door to a championship. If the Knicks win game 5, the pressure on The Heat for game 6 and 7 will be tremendous. And if the Knicks win the series, with the Bulls out, they’ll be the team to beat in the east and the darlings of of sports – on the entire globe.

    So ya, it’s a chance. But I can see why their thinking about it.

  9. kevinkristiansen - May 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I’m not at all saying this will happen. But can you imagine the headlines if Lin came back and the Knicks are the first team to come back from a 0-3 deficit. Haha LINSANE

  10. phillynac - May 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I will use that phrase. Lincompetent has no chance to help the Snickers. Good-bye New York. I can’t wait for you to be over-hyped again next year.

  11. diablito0402 - May 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Omniousprime,,
    Sir you won the idiot of the day award in a landslide.. Congrats, lin turned the knicks season around, he is the reason they even in the playoffs.

  12. diablito0402 - May 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Knicks still suck though hahaha

  13. phillynac - May 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Yes I agree, I don’t even know if the human race would survive without the great bench warmer Jeremy Lin and all of his turnovers. They should postpone the playoffs so we can all see the greatness that is Jeremy Lin (when he passes the ball to the right team).

  14. lameasish - May 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Lincompetent is no worse than all the weak names people use for LeBron, just sayin’…

  15. mydadyourmom - May 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Lincompetent shouldn’t be rushed back. Big bucks await. Can’t blow out that knee or it’s off to wall street. Heat in 5.

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