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Caution on recovery ruled Jeremy Lin out of the NBA play-offs

The New York Knicks forced to watch team's elimination at hands of Miami Heat from sideline due to injury.

MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: Guard Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks watches work outs prior to his team taking on the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2012 at the American Airines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Marc Serota/Getty Images/AFP== FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: Guard Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks watches work outs prior to his team taking on the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2012 at the American Airines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Marc Serota/Getty Images/AFP== FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Jeremy Lin has revealed he was erring on the side of caution by not rushing back into the NBA play-offs for the New York Knicks so he could give his surgically repaired knee more time to heal.

"They said I need to be able to just trust the knee and right now there's some tightness and soreness and I need to get that out obviously before I can be 100 per cent," Lin told the New York Daily News. "That's what we're doing, a lot of manual stuff, get everything out, all the stuff that doesn't need to be there - just trying to make it pain-free."

Lin had been training with the Knicks as they faced the Miami Heat in the first round of the play-offs this week but he ruled out a return for Wednesday's game five, which ultimately proved to be the Knicks's last of the season as Miami won 106-94 to clinch the Eastern Conference series 4-1.

Lin tried to speed up his recovery, but said he still feels some stiffness and pain in the knee.

"What was it, like two days ago, I tried to take off, tried to plant, just go full speed at 100 per cent," Lin added. "It just didn't feel right. It felt pain when I tried to take off. I thought it would go away over time."

Lin underwent surgery just over a month ago to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Lin, an American whose parents are from Taiwan, became a global sensation as the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA when he was plucked from the bench in February due to injuries to Knicks stars.

The Harvard graduate had been cut by two other teams and was days away from seeing his NBA dreams end before the Knicks gave him a look.

With drives to the basket, pinpoint passes and top shooting efforts even in the final seconds, Lin sparked a seven-game win streak for the Knicks and built a following known as "Linsanity" that kept him in the line-up long after the streak ended and the other Knicks stars returned.

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