GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Jeremy Lin played a full-court game of three-on-three after practice Wednesday, representing the first time he ran up and down and tried cutting since having his left knee scoped April 2.
Lin looked winded and a little rusty, which is understandable since he hasn't done anything like that in more than a month.
Lin said he hoped to play in this series against the Heat, perhaps in Game 4 Sunday or Game 5 next week, if the Knicks can extend it. But coach Mike Woodson said all of it will depend on how his knee feels after this workout.
"The test is going to come in if he can cut and guard people and be able to handle the ball and make plays and take it off the dribble," Woodson said. "I don't know if there's enough time to really determine that. I'll sit down with him [Thursday] along with the doctors and see how he feels after running up and down."
Novak might start
Carmelo Anthony will slide to power forward in Amar'e Stoudemire's place Thursday night, but Woodson hasn't decided who still start at small forward. Steve Novak said he "wouldn't be shocked" if it was him.
"I'll be ready and I'll be excited," Novak said.
If Woodson goes with Novak it might be because J.R. Smith is more comfortable coming off the bench and Woodson likes the instant energy and offense Smith provides as a sub.
Woodson said he should be able to play Jared Jeffries more Thursday night. Jeffries, who has been slowed by a stiff right knee, has played a total of 11 minutes in the first two games.
Shump out 6-8 months
Rookie guard Iman Shumpert will miss 6-8 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left ACL and lateral meniscus Wednesday. Shumpert averaged 9.5 points (ninth among rookies) and his 1.71 steals per game ranked seventh in the NBA.