Jeremy Lin is hoping to return one week sooner than expected. Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks Must Be Cautious With Jeremy Lin

When New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin was shut down for the season, he was expected to be out for six weeks. But after the Knicks got thrashed by the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs, Lin is hoping to return sooner.

Lin is targeting Game 4 in New York. That would give his surgically repaired knee one less week to recover.

This is a risky proposition for Lin and the Knicks. The Knicks are already without rookie guard Iman Shumpert. Shumpert has been great for the Knicks in his first season in the NBA. But he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Game 1 that will sideline him for six to eight months. Shumpert and Lin are the future for the Knicks. The Knicks can’t afford to lose Lin too.

By the time Game 4 arrives, the Knicks could be in a 3-0 hole. Linsanity won’t be able to save them from that deficit. So the Knicks should keep Lin firmly on the bench in this scenario. And if the Knicks win a game or two by then, then they would have found a way to beat the Heat. Adding Lin to the mix could disrupt things. Besides, there is no chance of a Willis Reed-like comeback. Lin hasn’t played a game in over a month.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan of Lin. That’s why I think the Knicks should be cautious with him. Putting him on the floor too soon is risky. If Lin re-injures his knee, the Knicks could be without Shumpert and Lin for the next several months. That’s not the way you want to start next season.

Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.

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