Any shred of optimism the Knicks had of Jeremy Lin playing against the Heat has faded away.
After ESPN reported Monday that there was a 95 percent chance that the point guard would play in Game 5 in Miami, Mike Woodson says that's not the case. According to the Knicks head coach, Lin has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Heat.
Even if the Knicks extend the series, don't expect to see Lin play against Miami this season. New York's head coach says Lin won't be available if the series goes seven games, stating he's not ready.
The news couldn't come at a worse time for the Knicks. New York is now without the two best point guards on their roster.
Baron Davis, who had taken over Lin's starting role when he tore his meniscus, suffered an injury in Game 4. Davis tore both his ACL and MCL Sunday, and won't play basketball for at least another year.
Mike Bibby will take over as the Knicks starting point guard. He played down the stretch in Game 4, and hit a timely three pointer to help lead the Knicks to victory. However, Bibby is not nearly as good as Davis or Lin.
Toney Douglas is the other point guard on the Knicks, but Woodson has been hesitant to play him. He hasn't gotten any playing time this series, even after the injuries to Davis and Iman Shumpert. Woodson may elect to play J.R. Smith at point guard over Shumpert.
Lin underwent knee surgery five weeks ago. His initial prognosis said he would be out for six weeks.
The Knicks will play in Miami on Wednesday night as they try to stay alive in the playoffs.