Jeremy Lin out for regular season with knee injury

Jeremy Lin (reuters) via daylife.comThe Knicks have suffered another blow to their playoff hopes as point guard Jeremy Lin will need surgery to repair his knee injury

The New York Knicks announced before the Cleveland Cavaliers game on Saturday night that starting point guard Jeremy Lin will be out approximately six weeks with a small chronic meniscal tear in his left knee, based on an MRI exam.

Lin will have arthroscopic surgery early next week in New York to repair the injury.

Lin had been sitting out games with what was called “knee soreness.”  But the MRI showed a bigger problem.  This comes after word that Amar’e Stoudemire could be out up to four weeks with a bulging disc in his back, leaving the Knicks even further shorthanded as they try to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks for the 8th seed in the East. 

Now the Knicks will hand the starting point guard duties over to Baron Davis, who is no pillar of health either.  Davis’s Knicks debut was delayed multiple times because of his own back issues.  Now that he’s starting, Mike Brown will have to manage his minutes carefully, lest he lose both of his point guards for the home stretch. 

We’ve seen what the Knicks were without a legit point guard.  An over-reliance on Iman Shumpert and others to play out of their natural roles throws the whole thing into flux.  Add to it all that Carmelo Anthony’s nursing a tweaked groin and the Knicks are teetering on the edge of a full blown lottery run.