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Knicks' Lin doubts he can play in Game 4 Sunday

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm •  Published: May 3, 2012

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Jeremy Lin all but ruled himself out of Game 4 against the Miami Heat, still hoping he can return if the Knicks extend their first-round series.

Lin said Sunday's game "doesn't look great" but that he doesn't know how he will feel if the Knicks are still playing next week. New York trails 2-0 going into Game 3 on Thursday night.

Lin had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on April 2. The Knicks said at the time he was expected to miss six weeks. The point guard said he is ahead of schedule, but not two weeks ahead.

He played full-court, 3-on-3 during practice Wednesday in his fullest workout yet, then stayed off the court for treatment Thursday morning as planned. He said his conditioning was surprisingly good, but he still hadn't tested how the knee would respond to various movements and didn't think he would be able to before Sunday.

"I don't think the timing — I'll probably get one more day of contact maybe in between now and the next game, and I haven't been able to really load it or jump or explode or drive by somebody the way I want to," Lin said. "So it's going to be longer than that."

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