Jeremy Lin Needs Surgery: New York Knicks Star out for Regular Season

Percy DinozoCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on March 20, 2012 in New York City.  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 Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin is done for the regular season.

According to the New York Times' Howard Beck, Jeremy Lin will require surgery on his left knee.

"He will undergo arthroscopic surgery and is expected to miss six weeks, wiping out the rest of the regular season and possibly the first round of the playoffs," Beck writes.

Of course, the playoffs are no lock for the New York Knicks.

Currently sitting with the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks saw their lead over the Milwaukee Bucks shaved to just 1.5 games Friday after Milwaukee beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Knicks lost to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavs now travel into Madison Square Garden for a Saturday night matchup with the Knicks. The Knicks will catch a break, as the latest news out of Cleveland is that their star point guard, Kyrie Irving, will miss the game.

With only 14 games remaining in the regular season, every game will near "must-win" status.

It will take a backcourt-by-committee approach from New York to make up for Lin's lost contributions over the coming weeks. 

The two players most likely to shoulder most of that responsibility will be Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert.