This past Sunday, with their backs against the wall, and facing an NBA record 13 consecutive playoff losses.. Knicks superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudamire shined bright as they willed their New York team to their first playoff win since 2001. Unfortunately, during the game, point guard Baron Davis was lost to a possible career ending knee injury.
This sets up a perfect scenario for the return of point guard Jeremy Lin who’s been sidelined since the end of the season after undergoing emergency knee surgery.
This isn’t the way the Knicks wanted to experience Linsanity again. But after losing a key cog in their offense during Sunday’s Game 4 win, they may have no other choice. With 5:15 left in the third quarter and the Knicks trailing by a point, Baron Davis dribbled downcourt as fast as his oft-injured, 33-year-old body would allow him. As he approached the free throw line, his right knee buckled and he crumpled to the floor and didn’t get up. Davis was taken off the Garden floor on a stretcher after suffering a dislocated patella in the knee.
He was replaced by veteran Mike Bibby, and with the season extended to at least Wednesday, Jeremy Lin could once again be back in the lineup. It’s unclear if Lin would start or back up Bibby. It’s not even clear if he will return, but intermin coach Mike Woodson didn’t rule it out. ‘I mean, I really can’t answer that,” Woodson said. ‘We’ll get back to the gym tomorrow and talk to doctors and see where everybody, where they are physically.
And we’ll make some decisions before we get on the plane to head to Miami.’ Lin has not played since March 24, and only recently began practicing with the team after undergoing surgery on the meniscus in his left knee in early April. The Heat is well aware of that, and forward Chris Bosh hinted that a Lin return may not be too successful. ‘We’ve seen him before,’ said Bosh. ‘We’re going to challenge him. It’s tough to come back in the playoffs.’”-Source
If Lin can return and extend the series to game 7 or even beat the Miami Heat he would become an instant legend in NYC.