Jeremy Lin has swelling in his knee, still three weeks away from returning

By Royce Young | NBA writer
Jeremy Lin had aspirations of maybe returning to the Knicks for Round 1 of the playoffs. That's not happening. And Round 2 -- if the Knicks make it that far -- isn't a given either.

According to the New York Post, Lin is still three weeks away from returning to the floor. At least.

Jeremy Lin, who made the Knicks' road trip, tweeted he jogged for the first time Sunday since knee surgery three weeks ago. But people familiar with the situation said he's at least three weeks away and definitely will miss Round 1.

Because Lin had a “lateral'' meniscus tear in his knee, it takes much longer to rehab than if it was a “medial'' tear, according a person with knowledge of Lin's situation. The Knicks originally did not disclose whether it was “medial'' or “lateral''.

Lin hoped to beat the six-week timetable, but that isn't happening as his knee swelled up after surgery.

Swelling in the knee isn't a good thing and there's no reason to rush. The Knicks aren't realistically built to go deep into the postseason and adding Lin to the equation wouldn't likely mean much in pushing them over the top.

The Knicks have been just fine without Lin as Carmelo Anthony had taken his level of play up a notch as New York has secured its playoff spot. They Knicks are going to match up with either Chicago or Miami, so achievement second round status and therefore opening the possibility for Lin to return isn't likely.
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