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Jeremy Lin: New York Knicks Desperately Need PG in Game 5 Against Miami Heat

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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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2016

The New York Knicks are still alive in the postseason, but the roster continues to get hit by the injury bug, which is exactly why they need Jeremy Lin for the Game 5 matchup against the Miami Heat

Of course, Lin himself isn't fully healthy, but there is a possibility that the talented point guard could return to action for New York. 

This is huge news for the Knicks after starting point guard Baron Davis suffered a devastating knee injury in Sunday's 89-87 win over Miami. 

With Davis out, that leaves Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas to run the show. However, having Lin out there instead would be much more ideal, even if he is a little banged up.

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told Marc Berman of the New York Post that they'll soon find out if Lin will be able to play.  

He’ll get back into the gym [today] and talk to doctors about where he is physically. Then we’ll make some decisions before we get on the plane to head to Miami.

Update: Howard Beck of the New York Times tweeted a quote from Woodson on how he currently feels about the chances Lin plays in Game 5.

Woodson: "I'm not counting on Jeremy Lin to play."

— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) May 7, 2012

Linsanity could be returning to the court, which would give the Knicks a big spark. Sure, Lin may not be able to perform as well as he once did, but his presence on the court is needed, and if he feels like he can play then he's going to be a factor. 

Since New York doesn't play the Heat again until Wednesday, Lin has time to rehab his knee as much as possible in order to contribute to the team. 

He'll most likely be playing through pain, but this is something the Knicks have done before and will continue to do during the playoffs.

It's win or go home now, and New York wants to keep playing, so now is the time to fight through it and prove how tough you are. Amar'e Stoudemire did just that on Sunday, performing really well despite the fact he really messed up his hand in a fit of anger a few days ago.  

Now is the time to put up or shut up, so to speak, which is why I think Lin will return to action for the Knicks. 

Bibby and Douglas are decent options for New York, but there's no denying Lin's ability to take control of the game and help his team win. He'll be feeding Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony the ball early and often, as well as provide the team with great energy. 

Yes, he's banged up at the moment, but since this is the postseason, his emotions and adrenaline will be high, which means he'll be able to persevere through the hardships simply because his team needs him so badly. 

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