‘Linsanity’ put on hold as injury sidelines point guard


NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin’s astonishing breakout campaign with the New York Knicks has been cut short by a left knee injury that needs surgery, the National Basketball Association team said Saturday. The Knicks said that Lin would be sidelined some six weeks “after an MRI revealed a small chronic meniscus tear” for which he will undergo an arthroscopic procedure. That would have him missing the rest of the NBA regular season, which ends on April 26, and perhaps the first round of the playoffs — if indeed the Knicks reach the postseason. The Knicks, who beat Cleveland 91-75 on Saturday, are holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. “We’ve got to go on,” interim coach Mike Woodson said. “He’s a big piece to our puzzle and what we were doing as of late, before he went out.” Lin’s knee isn’t Woodson’s only injury concern.

Forward Amare Stoudemire is currently sidelined by a bulging disk in his lower back. “When I come back I’ll be stronger than I ever was and a better player,” Lin vowed at a press conference prior to the game against the Cavaliers.