Backs against the wall, 13-game postseason losing streak in hand, the New York Knicks kept their memorable 2011-12 season alive with an 89-87 win on Sunday afternoon. In downing the Miami Heat, the Knicks staved off a sweep in the two teams' opening round series, but in the meantime lost starting point guard Baron Davis in the process to a disturbing knee injury that could derail his career. Mike Bibby, as it stands, is the only active point guard on the team's roster now that Davis and rookie Iman Shumpert have gone down due to knee injuries, unless second-year guard Jeremy Lin can return early from knee surgery he underwent in early April. The New York Daily News reported on Sunday night that this could very well be a possibility.
And for a team that has endured one of the more memorable (in ways both good and bad) 70-game runs in NBA history, its final soap opera might prove to be its most lasting, and perhaps its most damaging. Is it worth bringing Lin back for one game, after he tore his meniscus last March? Is it worth threatening the rehabilitation of a player the team will be banking on for hopeful years to come as someone to distribute the ball and balance the floor, for a game against one of the hottest teams in the league, on their home floor?