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Jeremy Lin questionable for Game 3 against Thunder after sitting second half of Game 2 with chest injury

Apr 24, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

Houston Rockets guard Lin drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook during their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

The Rockets battled back from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit before eventually dropping Game 2 to the Thunder, and they did so without one of their most important players.

Jeremy Lin played 20 first half minutes on Wednesday, but the pain in his chest was too much to bear to return to play in the third quarter, and he retreated to the locker room just before play was set to resume.

Lin missed all of the second half with what the team called a chest contusion, and his status is uncertain for Game 3 in Houston on Saturday.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

X-rays were negative and he is hopeful that he could return on Saturday for Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but as with his played return on Wednesday, he knew it was too soon to say.

“This is easily the most frustrating thing that’s happened this entire season,” Lin said. “I’ve been healthy all season. The second half of a playoff game, on the road, we’re playing well, Game 2, it’s just … yeah, it speaks for itself.

“It was fine as I was sitting here at halftime. I tried to run out of the tunnel and couldn’t really run. When I did, it would go crazy. We’re supposed to just see what happens tomorrow, how it feels tomorrow. As long as stuff stops spasm-ing, I’m good. I don’t know how any of this stuff works.”

The Rockets got a solid performance from first year guard Patrick Beverley in Game 2, who played alongside Lin and James Harden in the starting lineup. But without Lin in the second half, Aaron Brooks got the call when Beverley was forced to the bench with foul trouble, and it was a downgrade at the position that helped the Thunder to immediately go on an 11-4 run over a five minute stretch.

  1. dangernearing - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Rockets are already listing him as day to day for chest contusion (No Heart). Instantly thought of him sitting down the stretch for the Knicks after being cleared. And please do not compare this to D. Rose.

  2. fanofevilempire - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    how does Melo score all those points on his way to a scoring Title, 50 win season and
    expected to lead his team to the eastern conf. series without J.Lin, it has to be magic.

  3. jjthesportsguy - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Honestly, Patrick Beverly played better last night than Jeremly Lin has in a long time, so I certainly don’t think McHale is too worried about whether or not Lin is playing in game 3. That’s why you don’t invest $30 mill into a guy who had a good 20-30 game stretch.

  4. dysraw1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    man its the second time dude gets hurt when its money on the line. gotta be in the lineup come saturday, since when is P. Beverly an upgrade over A. Brooks

  5. dirtyjerseysports - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Since when is getting your heart ripped out an injury? Its more like a …… FATALITY. FINISH HIM!

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    He was “questionable” to hold Russ under 25 in any game this series and actually score more than 13 himself. So it doesn’t matter if he’s hurt or not.

  7. xLith - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Lin has been playing pretty badly this series. I’d like to see some more of Aaron Brooks. He was pretty good as a starter before he was traded. I don’t think he’s been given another chance yet. Don’t forget he was the M.I.P at one point.

  8. 8to80texansblog - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    If Rockets amnesty Jeremy Lin this year, they could go after CP3 and Dwight Howard….

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      They cannot amnesty Lin, they just signed him last summer after lockout. Can only amnesty contracts on books before lockout started.

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