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Knicks' Lin does not want to rush return

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, left, sits on

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, left, sits on the bench during a playoff game against the Heat. (April 30, 2012) Credit: AP

MIAMI -- Jeremy Lin had hoped he could return for this opening-round series against the Heat, but after testing his knee and consulting with some Knicks veterans, he decided not to push it.

Lin said he tried going all out on his surgically repaired left knee two days ago, and felt pain and tightness. He still hasn't played 5-on-5 and said he and the doctors don't feel comfortable with him returning yet.

"When I worked out I was probably going 80, 85 percent, and I just figured in a week I might be 100," Lin said at Wednesday's morning shootaround. "But there was nothing to set back. It's just I think to get from 85 percent to 100 percent it takes more time than I may have thought.

"They said I need to be able to trust the knee, and right now there's some tightness and soreness and I need to get that out obviously before I get to be 100 percent."

Lin, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, said he spoke to his teammates, including Baron Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Jared Jeffries about how he was feeling.

Said Lin, "They all pulled me to the side on separate occasions, asked me how I was doing, told me based on how I was feeling what I should do to get it right."

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