March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Jeremy Lin, the undrafted point guard from Harvard University who came off the bench to revitalize the New York Knicks in February, will miss the rest of the regular season after knee surgery.
Lin, 23, will have arthroscopic surgery on a small chronic meniscal tear in his left knee that was revealed by an MRI earlier this week, team spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said in an e-mail. He will miss about six weeks.
Surgery has been scheduled although the team hasn’t disclosed the date, Supranowitz said.
Lin, who was cut by two other teams before joining the Knicks, averaged 14.6 points and 6.1 assists since getting his first shot at extended playing time on Feb. 4 when he came off the bench to help spark a New York win.
The Knicks, who host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Madison Square Garden, have four weeks left in the regular season. Their final game comes April 26 against the Charlotte Bobcats.
New York (26-26) holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference, 15½ games behind the Chicago Bulls and 1½ games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks, who host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
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