Accusations fly in wake of Lin injury announcement

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Cablevision and Madison Square Garden are pushing back against criticism that news of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin's knee injury was withheld until after a ticket-buying deadline had passed.

The team had announced Saturday that Lin would be missing the rest of the season. On Monday, New York Daily News writer Frank Isola (eye-SOH'-luh) said medical testing had shown the injury earlier but the team held off announcing it to get past the deadline for season ticket holders to buy playoff tickets for all rounds. Lin's play has been credited with spurring interest in the team and the Knicks are in contention for a playoff spot.

Cablevision and MSG refuted the story, and said that any suggestion connecting the announcement with ticket sales is a "malicious attack."