Don't expect Lin to play in Game 4

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.

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin

#17 PG
New York Knicks

2012 STATS

  • GM35
  • PPG14.6

  • RPG3.1

  • APG6.2

  • FG%.446

  • FT%.798

"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.