4 Players That Must Step Up for Knicks to Make the 2012 Playoffs

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4 Players That Must Step Up for Knicks to Make the 2012 Playoffs
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With Linsanity officially derailed for six weeks, thanks to Jeremy Lin's partially-torn meniscus and the subsequent surgery he's having this upcoming week, the hope of a Knicks playoff appearance appears to be in doubt.

Lin being out doesn't necessarily mean that the Knicks season is over.  It merely means that other players on the Knicks roster are going to have to step up their play to make up for Lin's production.

Guys like Iman Shumpert, Toney Douglas and Carmelo Anthony are all going to have to increase their offensive production and their defensive intensity to transition into life without Lin.

Ahead are a list of players that need to step up their game, if the Knicks plan on sneaking into the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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