After the point guard indicated that he might return by Game 4, it doesn't look like Lin will be ready to play as soon as he had hoped.
Lin addressed the media on Thursday to talk about the possibility of him playing against the Heat. Unfortunately for New York, Lin did not have any good news to report.
The Knicks star called himself doubtful for Game 4, saying he is not ready. The point guard has been working out since the first round series started, but hasn't been able to go all out yet.
I haven't been able to load it or jump or explode or drive by somebody the way I want to, so it's going to be longer than that, he said.
Lin hasn't played since injuring his knee against the Pistons on Mar. 24. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee a little over a week later.
The point guard didn't sound encouraged about the prospect of returning by the end of the series.
I really don't want to say I am or am not. I just want to take it day by day. Game 4 doesn't look great. Game 5, I have no idea, Lin said.
Even if Lin is healthy enough to play in Game 5, there's a good chance the Knicks will be eliminated by then. New York is down 2-0 in the series, and hasn't shown any signs that they can beat Miami.
Including the playoffs, the Heat are 5-0 against the Knicks this season, winning by an average of 15 points per game.
The Knicks are extremely banged up at this point in the season. Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in the first game. Amare Stoudemire will miss at least one game this series after punching a glass panel soon after Game 2 ended.
Game 3 between Miami and New York is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Madison Square Garden