Jeremy Lin will miss the remainder of the regular season due to a small meniscal tear in his left knee that will require surgery.
Lin will have surgery within the next few days and is expected to miss six weeks.
“It is a big blow,” said Mike Woodson. “He was starting to come as a player.”
Lin and team officials had hoped to delay surgery until after the season, but the knee did not sufficiently respond to treatment over the course of the week.
“I can’t really do much, can’t really cut or jump,” Lin said at a news conference. “So it’s pretty clear that I won’t be able to help the team unless I get this fixed right now. It’s disappointing for me. It’s hard to watch the games. And I think I want to be out there, obviously, more than anything, to help the team.”