The Knicks have already defeated the Indiana Pacers twice in the Mikey Woodson era. However, those two victories came while the Knicks still had the services of Jeremy Lin and Amar’e Stoudemire. Obviously they’ll be without those two players tonight so Carmelo Anthony must be the man. Anthony has looked like a man reincarnated over the past four games, averaging 27 points on 48% shooting. Offensively, the Knicks must get contributions from more players in order to pick up the slack created by the absences of Lin and Stoudemire. The Pacers will be giving their full effort tonight. They hate New York and they’re not going to be happy going 0-3 against the Knicks this season. It should be a blood bath tonight.
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As everyone probably knows by know, Jeremy Lin sustained a small tear in his meniscus and is slated to be out approximately 6 weeks. Lin underwent successful surgery yesterday. Seeing as how some people may not understand the actual extent of the injury and what it actually is, I’ll explain it.
A meniscal tear is a tear in the cartilage, a slight one in Lin’s case, located between the top of the tibia and the bottom of the femur The meniscus is thinly covered by another layer of cartilage. The injury is usually caused by a twisting of the knee, which is exactly what happened to Lin during the game against the Pistons. Lin underwent knee arthroscopy, which is simply the removal of the damaged part of the meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery is done by inserting small instruments and a small camera into the knee joint through several small incisions, then examining and repairing the tissue. The surgery is done under general and local anesthesia and takes about one to two hours.
The Knicks have said that Lin will be back ready to play in about 6 weeks, which is a blessing because he could return during the playoffs. Lin’s return would probably come to fruition towards the end of the first series, unless the series is over fairly quickly. He should definitely be available for the 2nd round, which is very good news. If his injury was more severe, he could have been out for several months. Of course, this is all relative to New York actually making the playoffs and winning a playoff series.
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