Jeremy Lin: New York Knicks Star's Return Won't Save NY from Miami Heat

Nick HartCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 23, 2012 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin's potential return to action for the New York Knicks during Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs will not save the Knicks from the Miami Heat.  

Jeremy Lin is attempting to return from a torn meniscus in his left knee, and has missed the entire playoff series against the Heat.  As a result, the Knicks have fallen behind the Heat, three games to one.  Many have clamored for the return of Jeremy Lin to serve as the savior for the New York franchise.

Lost in the Linsanity is the fact that Jeremy Lin stunk up the joint against the Miami Heat during the regular season.  Lin was terrible, finishing 1-11 from the floor for eight points, with six rebounds, three assists and eight turnovers.  Additionally, the Heat were able to score on Lin at will, as the Knicks were outscored by 19 points when he was on the floor.  Does this sound like someone who is going to single-handily change the course of a series?

Lin is coming back from knee surgery, and while he has started practicing, Lin is in no condition to take over a game.  After injury his knee March 24, Lin has missed the last 21 games for the New York Knicks, and he is going to be extremely rusty if he does return to action.  Never a tremendous athlete, Lin's ability to cut, plant and push off is going to be severely hampered following his surgery.   

Even if the former Harvard star is able to return during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks are in over their heads against the Heat.  Miami has thoroughly dominated the series, posting wins by 33 points, 10 points and 17 points, with the only loss coming by two points after Carmelo Anthony went nuts.  LeBron James and Dwayne Wade are too much for the Knicks, and Jeremy Lin does not have the ability to stop them.

The New York Knicks are going to lose the series to the Miami Heat even if Jeremy Lin returns.  Lin is too out of form and isn't good enough to impact the series.  The Heat have dominated Lin before, and they will do it again.