Lin-spirational! Jeremy Lin shooting for Game 4 return vs. Heat
Jeremy Lin is on the road to recovery, people, and he might indeed return for Sunday's Game 4 against the Heat at Madison Square Garden.
Lin practiced for the first time Saturday, though has ruled himself out for Game 2 and Game 3. "I’m going to evaluate at the end of the week and see how I feel," Lin told the New York Post. "Hopefully I’ll feel good. Every time I come into the gym, the playoff atmosphere is unbelievable."
The mid-season sensation has been sidelined since having surgery on a torn meniscus April 2. He had not played since March 24. His recovery is going well ahead of schedule, though, and the Knicks need help at the guard position after Iman Shumpert tore his left ACL in Saturday's loss.
"I don’t really want to make a promise because I just don’t know," Lin told the Post.
The latest Lin-uendo from the New York Times, though, sounds less optimistic. After Lin's fist return practice, the Times noted that "Lin reported soreness in his surgically repaired knee, an indication that he needs more time to recover."
Lin has only faced the Miami Heat once as a Knicks starter, and had a terrible game. Lin went 1-for-11 from the field, scoring just eight points and giving up eight turnovers. Should the Knicks want Lin to play Sunday against Miami?
After all, trying the same thing and expecting a different result may be the definition of Lin-sanity.
Should Lin return Sunday, it could he his last game as a New York Knick. The Knicks could conceivably be down 3-0 in the series going in to Sunday's game. Lin is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Game 2 of Knicks-Heat tips off Monday night at 7 p.m. EDT.