Lin all but rules self out for Sunday

May, 3, 2012
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Jeremy Lin has all but ruled himself out of Game 4 of the Heat-Knicks series.

Earlier this week, Lin had held out hope of returning in time for Game 4, scheduled for Sunday afternoon. But Lin's surgically repaired left knee likely hasn't healed quickly enough for him to return to the court in four days.

"I haven't been able to load it or jump or explode or drive by somebody the way I want to, so it's going to be longer than that," the second-year guard said.

Lin experienced soreness in his left knee on Thursday, a day after scrimmaging for the first time since his April 2 surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his knee.

"It wasn't the worst, it wasn't the best," he said of the feeling in his knee, adding, "I don't have my full explosiveness."

Lin left open the possibility that he could return for Game 5 on Wednesday.

"I really don't want to say I am or am not [returning]. I just want to take it day by day. Game 4 doesn't look great. Game 5 I have no idea," he said.

The Heat lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0, entering Thursday's Game 3.

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