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Jeremy Lin to play in Game 6 for Rockets Friday night

May 3, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin works against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City. Reuters

Patrick Beverly has played well in the absence of Jeremy Lin (20 points one game, 14 points 8 assists the other). The Rockets backup point guard ignored the boos and has been a key part of the Rockets making this a series again.

But Lin will be back on Friday night for Game 6, according to the Houston Chronicle. This is a must-win Game 6 for the Rockets at home, as the Thunder lead the series 3-2.

Lin will come off the bench and play limited minutes, but the Rockets starting point guard for most of the season has been cleared to return from the chest contusion that kept him out the last two games. Coach Kevin McHale explained the plan.

“We’ll bring him off the bench and see how much juice he has in the tank. It’s hard to enter a series when you haven’t played in a while, but we’re going to try to keep what we have going. Jeremy, we’ll try to fit him in there, see how he is and see how his arm feels. If he gets hit or anything happens.”

This is not a huge game changer for the Rockets (although the Lin haters out there will blame anything that goes wrong in this game on him). What he provides is depth — the Rockets can run more bodies at a Thunder defense that has been pretty bad all series long. And it gives the Rockets another boost against the shorthanded backcourt of the Thunder (playing without Russell Westbrook).

  1. fanofevilempire - May 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    he is always hurt, good thing the Knickerbockers didn’t give him $80 mil.
    this guy is a complainer and he always quits on his team, see Knickerbockers.

    • flyrocket31 - May 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      he played all 82 games this year

  2. misterdreamer119 - May 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Lins playing rockets lose.

  3. jacobknicks - May 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    There go Houston’s chances…

  4. flyrocket31 - May 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Lin is better then Beverly and Brooks that’s why he started over them. yea hes making more money but its no excuse, Javale Mcgee makes 10 mil a year and comes off the bench. Beverly brings tenacity and i love it but Lin is a better player though he isnt as hard nosed

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Surprised he didn’t stall all playoffs.

    Oh wait, he’s not looking for a new contract now.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Rockets lose if he plays more than 20 minutes.

    • erckle31 - May 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Knicks lose if you don’t shut the hell up.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Knicks won, and should have by more than 20.

        Rockets are -5 with Lin on the floor, +13 without him.

        Again, you fools hate when people speak facts.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        -15 with Lin…

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        +8 with Beverley…

  7. misterdreamer119 - May 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Lynn id not better that brooks or beverly. What happened in new york was a 32 million dollarmiracle.

  8. 00maltliquor - May 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    He better come back and come back 110% before Patrick Beverly turns into the NEXT Jeremy Lin and puts the original Lin back on the benches!

    Bevsanity! Go Rockets!

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