Sunday, May 6, 2012

Should JLin Play In Game 5?

I'm torn here. I'd love to see Jeremy play but realize he won't be 100%. Vote in our poll at top right of the page.

21 comments:

  1. Yes I want to see him playing even for just 2 minutes ( if possible) I was really happy when the Knicks won in game #4. I was screaming at my living room. My kids are telling me to be quiet lol. I told them I was so happy because Jeremy will play on game #5 if they win game #4. I miss Jeremy and I'm praying for his speedy recovery everyday. #RiseUpKnicks

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  2. http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7898000/2012-nba-playoffs-new-york-knicks-guard-jeremy-lin-return-game-5-baron-davis-carted-off

    "I hope so," Landry Fields said when asked if Lin could play in Game 5. "He seems to be moving really well. I haven't seen him go through full physical workouts yet, but he looks all right."

    "I think he can come back, he's looked good. It just depends on how confident he is (with the injury)," Steve Novak said.

    Carmelo Anthony, who has expressed skepticism about Lin's ability to return this season, took a different tone. He cryptically said he looked forward to having Lin back "next season" when asked about Lin's status after the game.
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    Oh boy. I wish I could say Melo is only worried about J-Lin's longterm health...but I can't. Why didn't he just stick with "It would be great to have him, but he needs to be careful." Hmm.

    Anyway, it's no surprise Fields and especially Novak want him back. Novak sounds pretty sure of it...if not putting some pressure on Lin (on purpose or not).

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    1. Melo's comments to me sound more like "we have no chance against Miami so the season is going to be over soon anyway, see you in October Jeremy"

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  3. Thoughts:

    When the camera panned to Lin after Davis was hurt, Lin looked like he was making a decision about playing in (a possible) Game 5, but that could be reading too much into body language. At least, Lin looks like he wants to play.

    His knee won't be fully healed. The question is whether Lin's knee is healed enough. Even if Lin's knee is fully healed, which doesn't seem to be the case, he'll be rusty and out of game shape.

    No sympathy from the opponent - if Lin plays, the Heat will run plays to test his lateral movement and whether he can get over screens.

    The Knicks are down to Bibby, who'll start, and Douglas at PG. Bibby can't be overextended and Douglas has DNP'ed the entire series despite not being injured. Dark horse, if Lin is a DNP or awful: Landry Fields fills in as an emergency back-up PG with Smith fully occupied at SG and SF.

    It'd be an especially tough spot for Lin's 1st game back. Where the Heat were lagging in Games 3 and 4, they will be keyed up to close the door on the Knicks and finish the series on their home court. The Heat don't want to mess around anymore with the Knicks with the still-dangerous Celtics looming in Round 2.

    Lin wouldn't be asked to be a hero. He'd be asked to make smart safe decisions with the ball, not hurt his team, and fill enough minutes to protect Bibby. Lin would probably play more off the ball with Anthony or Smith handling the ball as point forwards.

    With his 1st opportunity to play in the NBA play-offs, Lin's competitive nature, and normal style of play, I don't know that Lin would be able to hold himself to playing cautiously. Woodson likely would have to protect Lin from himself if there's still a heightened risk of re-injury.

    Lin's clutch ability and history of rising to the challenge can't be counted out. The best reasonable expectation for Lin is to not hurt his team and eat enough minutes to help Woodson with the guard rotation. But you never know what the moment, adrenaline, and Lin's instincts can create. I don't expect, but it's not impossible, that Lin will surprise the world again with an unexpected electric shock of play-off Linsanity.

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  4. Based on Lin's own comments I doubt he'll be ready.
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    "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," the second-year guard said.

    Lin experienced soreness in his left knee Thursday, a day after scrimmaging for the first time since his April 2 surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in the knee.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7886706/new-york-knicks-jeremy-lin-look-great-game-4

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  5. my opinion derives from Novak's words...

    "I think he can come back, he's looked good. It just depends on how confident he is (with the injury)," Steve Novak said.

    All right Jeremy. I trust your judgement. End the painstaking Lin-less drought!

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  6. Jeremy Lin may or may not be ready but the Knicks / Lin will download his ability to play regardless. The Heat can't game plan for him anyway and if he comes back "strong", then it will be a boost to the Knicks.

    We'll see how it goes. I want Jeremy to get some playoff experience but not getting hurt again. Pretty gruesome playoff with Rose, Shump and Davis going down badly. Others are getting hurt too.......

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    1. The Knicks are cursed with no-contact-knee-injury

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  7. I think he'd better not come back because he'll be banged up good by Heat. Why bother? Save some good muscles for next year's playoff. Knicks will be sure to rely on his talent! (If Knicks keeps him). Just don't want to see him wasted... but then again, God knows whether he should be back or not... Leave it to God!

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  8. no team has come back from 0-3 in nba history and i highly doubt this is going to happen against a healthy Miami team. He needs to sit tight, get a guaranteed contract, train really hard so he can play in many post seasons to come. Seriously, if he came back and God forbid had a career ending type injury, this would be the strangest sports year for any unknown player ever.

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  9. Agreed. I don't want Jeremy to risk it for very little return.

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  10. He couldn't do anything against Miami when he was 100% healthy. Let alone, what makes you think he can do anything at <100%?
    He should definitely sit out till next year.. Till then he can celebrate that the Knicks finally put an end to the worst post-season losing record EVER. WOOHOO! Ok. Fire Woodson. Trade Amare if possible, and keep Melo. The end.

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  11. He couldn't do anything against Miami when he was 100% healthy. Let alone, what makes you think he can do anything at <100%?
    He should definitely sit out till next year.. Till then he can celebrate that the Knicks finally put an end to the worst post-season losing record EVER. WOOHOO! Ok. Fire Woodson. Trade Amare if possible, and keep Melo. The end.

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  12. @ J May, we heard you the first time no need to bitch and complain about it twice.. Regular Season and Post Season games are two different things all together... You fans need to stop being little girls, JLin will be fine, he should play in Game 5, lol...

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    1. Fans? Im a big jlin fan. Whats your point? Jlin play game5? You cant be that stupid are you? You obviously dont know wth a meniscus tear is do you? Or do you just pay attention to what the media says. The turnaround time is about 4-6weeks. And yes Jlin will be able to run and jump sure.. but he wont be able to cut,Switch gears , stop on a dime, drive to basket,etc.... all the things that makes him an effective player.. and he wont even have that. Get your illogical no sense having girly ass out of here moron.

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    2. Fans? Im a big jlin fan. Whats your point? Jlin play game5? You cant be that stupid are you? You obviously dont know wth a meniscus tear is do you? Or do you just pay attention to what the media says. The turnaround time is about 4-6weeks. And yes Jlin will be able to run and jump sure.. but he wont be able to cut,Switch gears , stop on a dime, drive to basket,etc.... all the things that makes him an effective player.. and he wont even have that. Get your illogical no sense having girly ass out of here moron.

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    3. Ok ok! We heard you the first time and the first time!!

      Lin was worn out physically when he played that Heat game. The Knicks were playing a back to back and Lin was carrying the team beforehand.

      I don't read anything into that Heat loss. The Heat are not going to be Lin stoppers based on that one game.

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  13. Coming back, not making much impact in terms of the end result of the series, with little minutes for fans to see, and even in the minutes he will play he will be a different cautious Jeremy, I do not see much upside to him coming back.

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  14. Can't have willis reed moment in miami. There won't be cheers. Sit out gm 5 and start game 6 at the garden. You will hear the crowd in Paly. Plus probabilty of getting to game 7 will be a lot higher and can be like bosox and come back.

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  15. JLin is not playing for game 5, it's better choice, health is first priority

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  16. hi all - I don't think JLin should play. It needs to be studied why the injury occurred in the 1st place. Notice how Shump and Baron have gone down with horrible knee injuries that are NON-CONTACT? I think, that it may have been due to the fact that they have had a previous injury (Shump had injured his knee earlier in the season and Baron have had multiple injuries to back, groin, etc.) Since they did not allow time to get better, then the body became imbalanced and then certain parts of the body became more stressed... If JLin plays and he's still not completely well, he could injure other parts of his body that may over compensate for the knee that has not healed... or he could re-injure the knee. Anyway, I think he needs to rest and I hope he gets 2nd or 3rd opinions on how best to heal his knee. If he is experiencing pain while practicing, I think that is a sure sign he's not ready yet. I hope he checks out this website http://zigsports.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/greg-oden-brandon-roy-what-what-happened/
    that discusses the science around these types of injuries and why people are re-injured and may even have one that is career ending... I hope that never happens to Jeremy...

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