NBA Playoffs 2012: Jeremy Lin Return Possible for Knicks After Shumpert Injury

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMay 1, 2012

Jeremy Lin.
Jeremy Lin.Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Could Linsanity return to New York for a second time this season?

It just might happen after injuries have hurt the Knicks' depth at the point guard spot.

After proving that he is deserving of an NBA roster spot, Lin has been out after undergoing minor knee surgery. However due to the recent loss of rookie guard Iman Shumpert, Lin may be called upon although he might not be fully healed.

Not only did the New York Knicks lose to the Miami Heat in Game 1 Saturday, they lost rookie guard Iman Shumpert to a torn ACL and lateral meniscus that is expected to keep him out for six to eight months. New York lost 104-94 on Monday before Game 3 takes place Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have veterans Baron Davis and Mike Bibby to split time at the point guard spot, but may not be able to always put pressure on the Heat defenders on a constant basis. Additionally both players would also find themselves at a disadvantage on the defensive end of the basketball court.

One player that could be a dark-horse candidate is Toney Douglas, who has been in and out of the rotation this season. Right now would be a great time for Douglas to show his skills and find a way to be aggressive and put pressure on the Heat defenders, thus opening up scoring opportunities for Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

The Knicks will probably turn to Landry Fields, J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony at the point guard spot to cover ball-handling duties.

It will be interesting to see what the Knicks do with their point guard situation as that could be a determining factor in how long the series will last.