Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin suffered another injury playing against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon.
The Brooklyn Nets have been hit with the injury bug recently, specifically in their backcourt. The Nets are already without Sean Kilpatrick and Joe Harris. Today was the third consecutive game that Kilpatrick has missed with a hamstring injury, while today marks the ninth game in a row missed by Harris.
Kilpatrick looks closer to returning than Harris, but both are without definitive timetables. They could be joined soon on the sideline by another guard.
Jeremy Lin was forced from the Nets game this afternoon with the Dallas Mavericks. While making a drive to the basket, Lin tweaked his right ankle. He was unable to play on it, as he exited the game on the next possession. Lin spent some time on the exercise bike and looked like he would attempt a comeback, but went to the locker room in the second quarter.
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He did not return, as Spencer Dinwiddie took over point guard duties to start the second half. If Lin is to miss time, Dinwiddie will probably be the starter. This will also give the Nets a chance to see what Archie Goodwin has. Goodwin was signed to a 10-day contract last week but only made his debut today against the Mavericks.
Injuries have plagued Lin throughout the season. He was signed to a three-year, $38 million deal this past offseason with hopes of helping Brook Lopez carry the offensive load. He has been a solid contributor when on the court, the problem is he can’t stay on the court.
Lin has played in only 25 of 69 games this season. He battled multiple hamstring injuries throughout the season before this most recent ankle sprain.
With the season going nowhere, expect the Nets to take a very cautious approach with Lin. They will not put him on the court unless he is 100 percent healthy. Lin is a notoriously slow healer, so it would not be out of the realm of possibilities for him sitting out the remainder of the season.