Jeremy Lin won't risk health

Updated: May 9, 2012, 7:44 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

MIAMI -- New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin tried to get his surgically repaired left knee healthy enough to return to the team's series against the Heat, but he said Wednesday the knee never felt more than 85 percent strong.

Last week, the 23-year-old Lin held out hope he could possibly play in Game 5 on Wednesday night. But the fact that his knee isn't 100 percent is the primary reason why he has been ruled out of action.

"When I worked out, I was probably going 80-85 ...

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