Knee soreness likely to keep Lin out of action in Knicks’ next playoff


NEW YORK — New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin said Thursday he may not play in Game 4 of his team’s first-round NBA playoff series against the Miami Heat after feeling soreness in his surgically repaired left knee following a scrimmage a day earlier.

Lin, who underwent surgery April 2 to repair a torn meniscus, had held out hope earlier this week of returning in time for Game 4 against the Heat, scheduled for Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

But he said Thursday his knee has not healed quickly enough for him to play Sunday, which would be the Knicks’ final game of the season if they lose.

“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,” said Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent.

The second-year point guard participated in a 3-on-3 full court practice Wednesday, during which he made some aggressive moves to the basket and was exposed to contact for the first time since the knee operation.

He stayed off the court for treatment Thursday as planned, but the knee did not react the way he had hoped.