“I think unless something goes really well, I wouldn’t get there,” Lin said before the Knicks took on the top-ranked Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden Sunday, pulling out a 100-99 overtime win, according to the Associated Press.
Carmelo Anthony put up 43 points in the stunner, including the game-winning three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime.
Lin had surgery on his left knee last Monday and was expected to miss six weeks of play.
But with the playoffs starting April 28, the exact date of his return, if at all this season, is up in the air.
"It depends on how far and how long it goes,” Lin said, according to the AP. “But obviously I want to get to 100 percent and then come back, hopefully see what I can do. By then it’ll be a different team identity, chemistry, so it gets tricky, too.
"Yeah, I’m doing everything, we’re doing everything we can to get back as soon as possible.”
LIn said that he is working out on a bike and hopes to start running next week, he told the wire service. He also said that doctors found no further damage when they operated.
Lin, a Harvard grad, helped the Knicks turn their season around after coming off the bench in February and putting together a winning streak.
The team's success waned when Anthony returned, but surged once again once coach Mike D'Antoni resigned on March 14.
The Knicks are holding onto the eighth playoff spot in the East with a 29-27 record.