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Mike Woodson: Jeremy Lin Won’t Return This Series

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Interim coach Mike Woodson says Jeremy Lin will not play in the Knicks’ first-round series against Miami, even if they avoid elimination Wednesday.

The Knicks trail the Heat 3-1 and have lost guards Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert to knee injuries during the series. They hoped Lin would be able to return from his April 2 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, but Woodson says Tuesday that Lin is out.

“Speaking with medical and Jeremy, he will not play in this series,” Woodson said after practice.

The Knicks said Lin was expected to miss six weeks after the surgery, but he has been working out at practice. Woodson says Lin shot around Tuesday “but he’s just not physically ready to play.”

Veteran Mike Bibby will start Wednesday.

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