NEW YORK – Jeremy Lin said he mutually decided, along with the Knicks athletic trainers, that it was best to rest his sore right knee Monday night against Milwaukee.
The point guard said that he had been experiencing pain in the knee in New York’s last two games, against Toronto and Detroit. The Knicks played four games in five nights last week.
“Just thinking that more rest would be beneficial right now and that’s basically it,” Lin said before the game. “Just trying to make sure that we give me a chance to rest so that I don’t force anything before I have to.”
Baron Davis will start in Lin’s place with Iman Shumpert in the backcourt. The Knicks are being hit hard by injuries. Jared Jeffries is expected to miss two weeks with his own sore right knee and the Knicks announced Monday that Amare Stoudemire is out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his back.
Lin is listed as day-to-day and was not sure if he would return Wednesday when the Knicks host Orlando.
“I’m day-to-day so tomorrow if it feels great or somewhere down the road, I don’t really know. It’s definitely feeling way better than it did two days ago.”
Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson said he expects to use Mike Bibby and potentially Toney Douglas as Davis continues to regain his playing form. The Knicks backcourt will certainly be tested against Milwaukee with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
“It’s a big game for us tonight,” Bibby said. “We can probably move up two (games) with a win here. We’re just going to try to keep doing what we’ve been doing and do it with out defense.”
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