Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin has all but ruled himself out of Game 4 of the Heat-Knicks series.

Earlier this week, Lin had held out hope of returning in time for Game 4, scheduled for Sunday afternoon. But Lin’s surgically repaired left knee likely hasn’t healed quickly enough for him to return to the court in four days.

“I haven’t been able to load it or jump or explode or drive by somebody the way i want to, so it’s going to be longer than that,” the second-year guard said.

Lin experienced soreness in his left knee on Thursday, a day after scrimmaging for the first time since his April 2 surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his knee.

– Reported by Ian Begley of ESPN New York