BASKETBALL — 07 May 2012

The New York Knicks lost another valuable asset to injury last night; Baron Davis suffered a dislocated right patella (knee cap).

With Davis out, the desire for Jeremy Lin to return to the court has increased significantly. The Knicks say Lin’s status is not yet certain for game 5, however; we know there is a possibility he could return as soon as Wednesday, though unlikely. Lin has not played a game since March 24 due to a small meniscus tear in his left knee.

Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said Monday he is not counting on Jeremy Lin to return Wednesday in Game 5 against the Miami Heat.

”Again, I’d love to have Jeremy out there on the floor in uniform,” Woodson said. ”Don’t get me wrong, guys. Jeremy is a big piece of our team. But if the doctors say, ‘Mike, we’re taking a chance. He shouldn’t be out there playing,’ I can’t be that selfish and say, ‘Son, put on a uniform and play.’ I mean, I just can’t do that.”

Lin needs to be the one, with the assistance of his doctors, to make the final decision on whether or not he will return to the floor. Meniscus tears are usually not as severe as an ACL or MCL tear, but the tear is not as easily repairable. Remember when Gilbert Arenas attempted to rush back in 2007 from a meniscus tear? His choice resulted in a series of surgeries for the former 3 time All-Star.

Down 3-1 in the series, is it worth the long term risk for Lin to return? Tell us what you think on Twitter @EliteSportsBlog




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