Saturday, March 31, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Lin out for the season
By Christopher Hunt
Jeremy Lin has a chronic meniscal tear in his left knee. The injury, that will require arthroscopic surgery, should keep him out for approximately six weeks.
WHAT IT MEANS: Linsanity is officially over and the Knicks are back where they started -- looking for an answer at point guard. Baron Davis was brought in at the start of the campaign to lead the offense but hasn't been completely healthy all season. Coach Mike Woodson said he will ask more of reserve guards Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas. Woodson also said he believes the team will not be looking to sign another point guard.
TONEY TIME?: Douglas has been banished to the bench and has had difficulty breaking into the rotation. But now the Knicks are compelled to play him more minutes. Douglas has proven he can be a streak scorer and pesky on-the-ball defender, which is somewhat scary to think about considering Iman Shumpert -- a great defender himself -- is already in the backcourt. It's likely Shumpert will also be responsible for some of the ballhandling duties and might see his minutes increase, as well. There could also be some point-guard-by-committee going forward. J.R. Smith has played some point forward while Lin was out, and Carmelo Anthony could go back to initiating some of the offense, as well.
THE INJURY BUG: Despite the fact New York is 8-2 under Woodson, injuries have continued to threaten their chemistry and their hold on the eighth spot in the playoffs. Amare Stoudemire (bulging disk), Jared Jeffries (sore right knee) and Lin are all out. Anthony, who has carried the offense the past three games, is battling a sore groin. Tyson Chandler has been dealing with a sore wrist and also tweaked his groin. Davis is playing through hamstring soreness and Bill Walker is still day to day with a sore left elbow.