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Friday, December 20, 2013

Rockets' Jeremy Lin returns to practice

By on 12/20/2013 11:45:00 AM

The Houston Rockets defeated the Chicago Bulls by the score of 109-94 on Wednesday night despite the absence of point guard Jeremy Lin.  He has missed the last two games with a back injury after recently returning from a knee injury. The good news is that Lin returned to practice yestersday.

As reported by Jenny Dial Creech at Ultimate Rockets, Lin went through practice on Thursday for the first time since injuring his back four days ago.  After he went through practice, Lin was not sure if he could play tonight when the Rockets face the Indiana Pacers.

“I am definitely not where I want to be in terms of where I was before. Today was the first time I did anything basketball-wise. We will see how it feels tomorrow and then build from there.”
Lin admitted to having some difficulty getting around during practice, so when Lin does get back in a game, expect his minutes to be limited at first.

“Being able to move, driving by people, jumping, shooting – it’s expected. I didn’t move or sweat for four days, so it is going to take a little bit of time.”
Should Lin not be able to go, expect Aaron Brooks and Francisco Garica to continue to get the bulk of the minutes backing up starters James Harden and Patrick Beverley.

Lin is in his 4th NBA season out of Harvard. In 18 games this season, he is averaging 14.3 points and 4.2 assists, in 28.8 minutes per game. Those numbers closely resemble his career averages of 11.8 points, 5.1 assists and 26.7 minutes, in 164 games.


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