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Jeremy Lin says he will play Thursday; Kevin McHale missed practice for personal reasons

Dec 10, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin was playing his best basketball — at least since a couple weeks in New York a couple years ago — to start the season, having shown off a new-and-improved jumper (39 percent from three). He was a great spark plug sixth man.

But he tweaked his knee back on Nov. 27 and has been out since.

However, as expected he should be back Thursday night for a nationally televised game against red-hot Portland, reports CSNHouston.com.

“I feel good. I went through practice today,” Lin said. “Feeling good right now, no limitations…

“I’ll be back (Thursday). I played today and everything’s fine. I’m full go, maybe in terms of a little conditioning.”

He then added jokingly, “Maybe not jumping that high off that right foot, but I never jumped that high on the right foot anyway.”

Good news. It will mean a lot fewer minutes for Aaron Brooks, who has been up and down. It also will mean more offense than Patrick Beverly has provided, shooting just 37 percent.

However, the Rockets could be without Kevin McHale for that game, reports CSNHouston.com. McHale was out for practice Tuesday for personal reasons and Kelvin Sampson ran the practice.

Sampson said he hoped McHale would be back Wednesday. If not, remember Sampson covered the team for weeks last year when McHale took time off around the tragic death of his daughter.

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