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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Lin out Game 5, likely for rest of series

By Ian Begley

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Jeremy Lin will not play in Game 5 of the team's series against the Miami Heat.

"He's out," Woodson said on Tuesday. "... He's just not ready."

When asked if Lin could return if the series reached a seventh game, Woodson said, "I don't think so. ... He wants to play, but again, if he's not ready there's not a whole lot can be done.

"He's just not physically ready to play. I'm sure he'll step up to the plate and say, 'Hey, I'm ready when the time comes.' But right now, he's out."

The Heat lead the Knicks 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Lin's return became a more pressing issue for the Knicks Sunday when veteran point guard Baron Davis suffered a severe right knee injury in New York's Game 4 win.

The Knicks are extremely thin at point guard going into Game 5.

Mike Bibby, 33, will start in place of Davis.

The 13-year veteran has played 19.7 minutes per game against the Heat but likely will be needed for at least 30 minutes on Wednesday. Toney Douglas is expected to back up Bibby. Douglas did not play in the first four games of the series.

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