Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Jeremy is out.
Like...UNCONSCIOUS!? What the hell happened? Ohhhh no. Oh no. I told Jeremy we'd eaten enough paint and should save some for later, but he just wouldn't stop. Ohhhh no. I guess I sh-- oh, it's just the knee thing. Good lord, Marc.
As it turns out, Lin is still listed as day-to-day and will not play in tonight's game against the Hawks. I really haven't heard anything to suggest that the soreness in his left knee is a serious issue (unless this scares you). It just sounds like they're being extremely cautious because a hobbled Jeremy (and/or a comatose Jeremy) would be a real bummer in the playoffs and stuff. Better to let him rest up and get healthy now, I suppose. One never really knows, though. Maybe there's a carnivorous insect dwelling inside Jeremy's knee, consuming more and more of his patellar tendon to grow bigger and stronger every day. That's the worst case scenario.
The good part is that the Knicks, at least so far, have been okay in Lin's absence. Baron Davis isn't feeling totally healthy himself, and has struggled at times, but he's doing his best to play as many useful minutes as possible without collapsing into a heap of strained muscles and beardfur. Expect to see the same starting lineup with Baron at the one, Iman Shumpert at the two, and Carmelo Anthony matched up with Josh Smith at the four. Mike Bibby's still likely to be the first point guard off the bench, but perhaps we'll see some meaningful minutes for Toney Douglas (in his hometown) this time around.
Feel good, Jeremy. Keep the capoeira and mogul skiing to a minimum for the next few days. And no more paint.
Despite Woodson's vague remark, looks like Lin will shoot for the next road trip - Tuesday in Indiana or Thursday in Orlando.