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Posted: Tuesday May 8, 2012 2:25PM ; Updated: Tuesday May 8, 2012 2:25PM

Knicks coach says Lin won't return in first round vs. Heat

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Mike Woodson says Jeremy Lin will not play in the Knicks' first-round series

The Knicks trail the Heat 3-1 and have lost guards Baron Davis, Iman Shumpert

Veteran guard Mike Bibby will start in Game 5 in Miami on Wednesday

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Heat lead 3-1
GAME 1  Heat 100, Knicks 67
GAME 2  Heat 104, Knicks 94
GAME 3  Heat 87, Knicks 70
GAME 4  Knicks 89, Heat 87
GAME 5  at MIA, Wed. May 9, TBD
GAME 5  at NYK, Fri. May 11, If Necessary
GAME 7  at MIA, Sun. May 13, If Necessary

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Interim coach Mike Woodson says Jeremy Lin will not play in the Knicks' first-round series against Miami, even if they avoid elimination Wednesday.

The Knicks trail the Heat 3-1 and have lost guards Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert to knee injuries during the series. They hoped Lin would be able to return from his April 2 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, but Woodson says Tuesday that Lin is out.

"Speaking with medical and Jeremy, he will not play in this series," Woodson said after practice.

The Knicks said Lin was expected to miss six weeks after the surgery, but he has been working out at practice. Woodson says Lin shot around Tuesday "but he's just not physically ready to play."

Veteran Mike Bibby will start Wednesday.

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