Lin had been doubtful for Game 5 on Wednesday night in Miami’s American Airlines Arena, but Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said today that Lin is not likely to be available even if the injury-challenged Knicks manage to extend the series to seven games.
“He’s not ready,” Woodson said (via the New York Times).
Lin underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee on April 2 and was given a six-week timetable for his return. The Heat leads the series 3-1 and a Game 7 would be Sunday, five weeks and six days after his surgery.
Lin began working out last week and had been increasing his practice time, sparking hope that he could stage Linsanity 2.0 and helping the Knicks sell some playoff tickets, but he experienced soreness in his knee, HoopsWorld.com reported. Lin will become a restricted free agent this summer.
In addition to Lin, the Knicks also have lost Iman Shumpert to a torn knee ligament and Baron Davis, who tore his patella tendon and anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments Sunday. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire came through to lead the Knicks to a win.
Stoudemire is playing despite a cut on his left hand, suffered when he punched the door covering a fire extinguisher in Miami.
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