Jeremy Lin plays one-on-one

MIAMI -- Before they were demolished by the Miami Heat on Saturday, the New York Knicks received a sliver of good news.

Point guard Jeremy Lin played one-on-one at America Airlines Arena before the Knicks' 100-67 loss to Miami, according to a team official. He cut and moved laterally for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus on April 2.

Lin worked out with Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson about three hours before the game. He also played one-on-one against the assistant coach.

In doing so, Lin cleared what is believed to be a significant hurdle in rehabilitation. Just four days earlier, Lin was moving gingerly from side to side and doing some shooting during the team's shoot around.

Lin originally was expected back six weeks after surgery. Based on that schedule, he'd return to the Knicks in the second round of the playoffs, if they advance. There is no official update on his timetable, which is re-evaluated on a daily basis.

Baron Davis has started at point guard in place of Lin. The 33-year-old Davis scored 10 points in the first half on Saturday but left the game because of back stiffness. Afterward, Davis predicted that he'd be ready for Game 2 on Monday night.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.