(MIAMI) — New York Knicks guard and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin had hoped he’d be able to play in his first playoff series, but his surgically repaired left knee was deemed at 80-85 percent and will most likely shut him down the rest of this series.
“When I worked out, I was probably going 80-85 percent and I just figured in a week I might be 100 percent,” Lin said after Knicks shootaround on Wednesday. “… I think to get from 85 percent to 100 percent takes more time than I would have thought.”
On Tuesday, Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson reaffirmed that Lin would be sidelined this entire series.
“I don’t think so. … He wants to play, but again, if he’s not ready there’s not a whole lot can be done,” Woodson said. “He’s just not physically ready to play. I’m sure he’ll step up to the plate and say, ‘Hey, I’m ready when the time comes.’ But right now, he’s out.”
The Knicks enter game 5 tonight without guard Baron Davis who dislocated his right knee during game 4.
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