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The New York Knicks have officially clinched a playoff spot, which may mean that Jeremy Lin fans could possibly see the injured point guard return to help his team through the tournament.
One month ago, many were uncertain about the possibility of the team even making the 2011-2012 playoffs. On April 2, an ESPN headline questioned "Will Knicks make the playoffs," while NBA.com and a plethora of other publications have broadcast similar questions in their headlines. However, Lin admitted that if the Knicks managed to do so, he could make a return to the court to help his team.
Lin, 23-year-old starting point guard who was sidelined for six weeks after a torn meniscus in his left knee forced him to undergo regular season ending surgery, said he was "cautiously optimistic" to make a return in the playoffs. However, the Asian-American Harvard graduate said he doubts he will return for the first round, which begins April 28.
"I think unless something goes really well, I wouldn't get there," Lin said in an ESPN report.
However, the point guard spoke about his progress after the surgery that took place earlier this month.
"All the doctors are saying this is normal," Lin said. "After about one and a half, two weeks is when you can see how well you're doing. We're already creating the plan to get my legs ready and my back."
However, Lin spoke about some of the potential challenges that might be awaiting a second-round playoff Knicks team if they make it that far and he returns.
"I want to get to 100 percent and then come back, hopefully see what I can do," Lin said. "By then it'll be a different team identity, chemistry, so it gets tricky, too."
Although Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said Lin was doing well, he did not confirm a date for the guard's return.
"He's doing fine," Woodson said in an ESPN report. "He got his stitches out yesterday and he's just increasing his therapy work. Where he is in terms of coming back, it's somewhere down the road."
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