Jeremy Lin has missed the last 17 games and has been missed severely by the Brooklyn Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets are a game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers from being last in the Eastern Conference and its hard to believe that would be the case if Jeremy Lin was in the lineup.
The injured point guard suffered a strained left hamstring in the Brooklyn Nets’ 109-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons in early November. An update from the Nets declared that Lin could make his return to the lineup Monday against the Houston Rockets. While being sidelined he says he has gained knowledge.
“Just in terms of being able to observe the team, I feel like I know exactly what I need to do when I come back or what I need to bring,” he said before the Spurs game on Saturday. “So it’s been helpful in some ways. I guess that’s the silver lining.”
His absence from the court has resulted in the Nets winning only four out of 17 games in his a five-week span.
Lin returned to practice on Friday and “looked good” according to Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson. He’s excited about the possibility to face his former team in Houston.
“Jeremy, he wants to play 40 minutes the first game; he’s already told me,” Atkinson said. “But I don’t think that’s happening.”
Isaiah Whitehead has been filling in for Lin at point guard while he brings consistent energy, his 6.3 points and 2.9 assists per game hasn’t been able to get the job done for the Nets.
Lin was averaging 15 points and 6.2 assists per game before the hamstring injury. If he doesn’t compete in the game against the Rockets, his next opportunity would be on Wednesday they face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Barclays Center.