Don't expect Lin to play in Game 4

May, 6, 2012
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Don't expect to see Jeremy Lin in a Knicks uniform today.

The Knicks' injured point guard all but ruled himself out of Game 4 of the Knicks-Heat series earlier this week.

His surgically-repaired left knee simply hasn't healed quickly enough for him to return to the court.

"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.
While he he didn't completely rule himself out Sunday, the Knicks would be foolish to rush him back, considering they trail Miami 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Officially, the team is saying Lin is "not expected to play."

The 23-year-old experienced soreness in his left knee Thursday, a day after scrimmaging for the first time since his April 2 surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in the knee.

When speaking after Thursday's practice, Lin left open the possibility of a Game 5 return. If the Knicks win on Sunday, they'd play Game 5 in Miami 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.

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