Is Jeremy Lin ready to return from the meniscus tear that's kept him out of action for the New York Knicks the last month? Probably not by a long shot, no. But according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday, there was a major breakthrough this morning: Lin is shooting again.
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The Knicks' sensational second-year point guard was spotted participating in the team's shootaround this morning, prior to tonight's regular-season home finale against the Los Angeles Clippers. Iannazzone reports that Lin was able to move slowly from side to side, as well as up and down the court.
It's been projected that Lin won't be able to return before mid-May, meaning the Knicks would need to pull a first-round upset to advance far enough in the East playoffs for their point guard to be ready. Currently 34-30 and tied for seventh in the conference, the Knicks are looking at a daunting first-round matchup with either the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat. Lin played in 35 games for the Knicks this season, averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds per contest. He earned the point guard job on Feb. 6 and was a fixture in New York's staring five until March 24, when the knee injury derailed him.