Jeremy Lin is looking to make a return to the New York Knicks lineup by Game Four against the Miami Heat, according to recent reports.
After a well-publicized knee surgery, the question of whether or not his potential return would be an added benefit or detriment looms over the heads of Knicks fans everywhere.
As a big fan of Linsanity (even more so with the recent video post for Stuyvesant High School, my alma mater), it would be exciting to see Lin suit up for his first postseason showing. The exhilaration and magnitude of his presence alone may cause a spark in these failing New York Knicks. At the very least, Lin's presence would certainly give hope to many Knicks fans.
Unfortunately, his impact won't be enough to beat the Heat this postseason.
Given his last outing against Miami, where Lin scored only eight points on one-of-11 shooting, his game was effectively shut down by the swarming Heat defense. He was only able to dish out three assists, while racking up eight turnovers. Lin was fully healthy and functional at the time, and had the momentum of Linsanity on his backside.
With a disappointing 100-67 routing by the Miami Heat in Game One of the NBA Playoffs, and the heartbreaking loss of talented defender Iman Shumpert, the Knicks face great challenges in trying to win this series.
Unfortunately, due to the ailments of Tyson Chandler, Jared Jeffries, Baron Davis, and Jeremy Lin, key players on this 2012 Knicks team, facing those challenges will not make things any easier.
But with improved offensive schemes and more emphasis on defensive, the Knicks may just have the chance they need to win.
First and foremost, the Knicks have to increase their energy on the court, while maintaining composure. The Heat showed an excellent display in the balance of intensity and control, as they fought hard for rebounds and steals while laying in elegant basket after basket.
The New York Knicks have undoubtedly given New York fans both excitement and heartache in their up and down roller-coaster season.
From the early failures of their long losing streaks, to the rise of Linsanity and the rediscovered scoring rhythm of Carmelo Anthony, Knicks fans have been on the edge of their seats with their nails in their mouth all year. Fortunately, the Knicks have accomplished the task of finding a flow under their new coach Mike Woodson, just in time for the postseason.
With their new-found success in a tough, defensive system, the Knicks have set themselves up for a very unlikely postseason run. Under the tutelage of Woodson, and the efforts of defensive-minded players like Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert, it should not be a surprise to see the Knicks run very far into the playoffs this year, short of overcoming the large barrier that is the Miami Heat.