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Lin injury dooms Knicks hopes

Any chance of a playoff run vanished as New York's roster keeps getting weaker

Updated: April 1, 2012, 10:19 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

As magical as Jeremy Lin's rise from a three-time NBA castoff to global sensation has been, clear-eyed realists always knew Lin wasn't going to be "the" guy who carried the Knicks to an NBA title this season.

But the news Saturday that he needs knee surgery and will join Amare Stoudemire on the sidelines, perhaps for the rest of the season, was still a huge loss. The Knicks are going to be lucky to hold on to the eighth playoff spot in the East. And you can kiss that long playoff run they ...

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