Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Knicks Guard Could Return Vs. Miami

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 28: Guard Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks works out prior to his team taking on the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2012 at the American Airines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Despite suffering a setback in his rehab, Jeremy Lin said he could return for the Knicks' first-round playoff series against the Heat.

Remember Jeremy Lin? He was a pretty big deal for the Knicks until a knee injury appeared to end his season. But CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that Lin hasn't ruled out out a return to the court for the Knicks' first-round playoff series against the Heat.

The return of Lin would be a big lift for New York, who lost Game 1 of the series on Sunday 100-67, and lost guard Iman Shumpert to a torn ACL injury.

Berger has the details from Miami:

He said he was encouraged by how he felt while doing light one-on-one drills for the first time before Game 1 Saturday, though he suffered a setback Sunday when he felt soreness in the knee.

"We're just kind of taking it day-by-day because we just don't know how it's going to respond," Lin said.

Lin ruled out returning for Game 2 Monday or Game 3 Thursday and said he would re-evaluate his status at the end of the week. Asked if Game 4 Sunday at Madison Square Garden would be the earliest he could return, Lin said, "I don't really want to make a promise because I just don't know how I'm going to feel. If I felt good today then that would be more of a possibility, but I didn't feel that great today."

Lin has never appeared in a playoff game and he struggled against the Heat during the regular season, but he'd never started before when he saved the Knicks during the regular season. Can he get healthy in time for an encore? (Ed. Note: Wait, did you see Game 1? Willis Reed couldn't come back and Save the Knicks.)

Keep up with the latest Jeremy Lin news at our Knicks blog, Posting and Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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