Evans Clinchy
Friday May 4th, 2012

Earlier this week, injured New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin was eyeing Sunday's Game 4 against the Miami Heat as a potential return date, as the Harvard alum is nearing a full recovery from the partially torn meniscus in his left knee. Now, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Sunday is all but ruled out.

"I haven't been able to load it or jump or explode or drive by somebody the way I want to," Lin said today. "So it's going to be longer than that."

Lin has been out since March 24, recovering from knee surgery. He was originally planning on being out until mid-May, meaning no first round, but since his recovery has gone more smoothly than expected, he's considering moving that date up a little.

Game 4 is a no-go for Lin, but Game 5 may still be a remote possibility.

"I really don't want to say I am or am not [returning]," Lin said. "I just want to take it day by day. Game 4 doesn't look great. Game 5, I have no idea." The Knicks host the Heat tonight at Madison Square Garden for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series; they currently trail 2-0.

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