Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  28 responses

Jeremy Lin to Return for Game 5? Mike Woodson Not Counting on it

UPDATE: Knicks head coach Mike Woodson isn’t ready to pencil Jeremy Lin into the lineup. Per the AP: “Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson says he is not counting on Jeremy Lin to return Wednesday in Game 5 against Miami. Lin is working out again after surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee April 2. The Knicks said at the time he was expected to miss six weeks, meaning his season was likely over unless the Knicks reached the second round. [...] Woodson said Monday during a conference call he expects veteran Mike Bibby to start and Toney Douglas could play.”

With the New York Knicks living to fight another day, there’s talk now that Jeremy Lin could potentially suit up for the short-handed Knickerbockers in Game 5. Per the NY Daily News: “This isn’t the way the Knicks wanted to experience Linsanity again. But after losing a key cog in their offense during Sunday’s Game 4 win, they may have no other choice. With 5:15 left in the third quarter and the Knicks trailing by a point, Baron Davis dribbled downcourt as fast as his oft-injured, 33-year-old body would allow him. As he approached the free throw line, his right knee buckled and he crumpled to the floor and didn’t get up. Davis was taken off the Garden floor on a stretcher after suffering a dislocated patella in the knee. He was replaced by veteran Mike Bibby, and with the season extended to at least Wednesday, Jeremy Lin could once again be back in the lineup. It’s unclear if Lin would start or back up Bibby. It’s not even clear if he will return, but intermin coach Mike Woodson didn’t rule it out. ‘I mean, I really can’t answer that,” Woodson said. ‘We’ll get back to the gym tomorrow and talk to doctors and see where everybody, where they are physically. And we’ll make some decisions before we get on the plane to head to Miami.’ Lin has not played since March 24, and only recently began practicing with the team after undergoing surgery on the meniscus in his left knee in early April. The Heat is well aware of that, and forward Chris Bosh hinted that a Lin return may not be too successful. ‘We’ve seen him before,’ said Bosh. ‘We’re going to challenge him. It’s tough to come back in the playoffs.’”

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  • DUDE3000

    Is that a comeback i hear?

  • @boweezy24

    Make It A 7 Game Series! #BeatTheHeat!

  • Mack

    Why does the NBA have the Knicks series on a three day break? Their scheduling is so weird this year

  • D-Funk

    maaaaan i hope they pull it off, I hate the Queff so much…Hope he do his THING too

  • Kobester

    Good to know Durant has added another R in his last name.


    can the knicks just let it go? and start building for next year because theyre not going to win anything this year (and i really think the heat arent either).

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    this is a terrible terrible idea lmaoooo

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    the heat lose one game. and knicks fans think they have a chance again.
    and the rest thinks the heat just lost wade lebron and bosh to season ending injuries and they got no chance at a title at all.

    U guys overreacting just a bit too much.
    Lets go HEAT

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Jeremy Lin should just let the injury heal properly and come back healthy for next season.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    If he’s healthy enough for it why not? At least TRY to make it a series.

  • @boweezy24

    Heat Won 3 Games and You Think They’re Going to Win It All. YOU’RE Overreacting! This Is The NBA, Where Amazing Happens. #NYK

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    He is not healthy enough for it. he needs to sit out like another 3 weeks i think. He comes back hobbled ineffective and slow, get’s murdered by the heat and risks injuring himself again. this is stupid. Jeremy Lin you’re amazing, but keep rehabbing and don’t do something stupid.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    i didn’t know that… Damn.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    This Is The NBA, Where Amazing Happens.
    Like winning a playoff game in 11 Years.
    Plus i never said Heat will win the title. I sure hope so. but nothing is guaranteed.

  • lakernation

    I say why not give him a shot?…. they have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain at this point. Baron Davis is out…who else you got? #Linsanity!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Maybe I missed something – who’s Queff? Knee surgery takes like 6 months of rehab if you’re not a pro athlete. Assuming Lin’s in terrific shape, it should be at least 3 months. He just took off his surgery scrubs a little over a month ago. If this is true, it’s just a bad idea.

  • Quincy Douby

    I really hope they try don’t try to rush this kid back. It’s a lost cause and he can be very valuable to the Knicks in the future.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    lakernation’s statement should have read “they have absolutely EVERYTHING to lose and NOTHING to gain at this point” by playing Jeremy Lin.
    Best case scenario: the knicks get to play 1 extra home playoff game.
    Worst case scenario: jeremy lin re-injures his knee and ends his career.
    what an asinine idea for him to rush his come back for a dysfunctional team that narrowed delayed their end of season yesterday.
    btw, fcuk dolan.

  • LP

    3 months? bro, a minor cartilage repair, or knee scopes don’t take 3 months to return from…Chris paul, jameer nelson have both had them during seasons…Like they say, it takes maybe 4 to 6 weeks to heal…not 3 to 6 months…

  • http://nba.com 19821982

    Meniscus tears that require surgery can allow for normal running and exercise after 4-6 weeks. There are different types of meniscus injuries – the most extensive of which require 2 months or more. Considering he can’t cut or move sideways, he’s obviously not fully rehabbed. Paul had surgery right after his injury, and rehabbed as soon as it was over. Lin played on his injury for who knows how long before he decided he guaranteed himself a contract and could take time off. My source is my own experience after surgery. Did you read your info off a beat writer’s blog?

  • lakernation

    @albie1kenobi…. U really think he isn’t ready?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Play Toney Douglas… How the hell did I not think of that?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @lakersnation: maybe his knee is close to full recovery, but what’s the point? how effective will he be against the Heat? in case anyone forgot, the last time Lin played against the Heat before the all-star break, he was getting killed on both ends of the floor (8 pts, 8 TOs), and that was before the surgery.
    so if there’s absolutely no chance that Lin can save this sinking ship that is the Knicks’ season, what’s the point of risking his career? it’s purely a risk-and-reward decision to me, and the choice cannot be clearer.
    as a cautionary tale, i’d like to remind everyone of Mr Grant Hill, who basically lost (the prime of) his career due to him rushing back from an ankle surgery.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Just play Melo at the point and let him shoot 40 times. Is there a better offensive option?

  • Jerome

    The Knicks win has an *.

  • http://abcnews.com BigBlue

    Baron Davis is out for a full year. Shredded knee.


    Keep talking Bosh.

  • Lloyd M Abrahams CPA

    I have information that can let the Knicks win Game 5 in Miami. It will give the Knicks a decided advantage. Can someone get Coach Woodson to email me on how to contact him. If not maybe Mr Dolan or Mr Grunwald will contact me.
    MRCANDU10 (Cousin of Mr Get It Done)