Jeremy Lin Injury & News Update: Rockets Guard Suffers Knee Injury; Could be Out for the Season?
Jeremy Lin is suffering from yet another injury, but will it be bad enough to keep him out for the rest of the season?
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is out again with an injury. According to SBnation.com, the player is suffering from a Grade 1 knee sprain and contusion. However, the report noted that it isn't as bad as Lin's past injuries, and he will just be out for two weeks.
Lin was injured when he and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Milllsap collided during the Rocket's win over Atlanta, 113-84. He left the game at the 7:50 mark of the first quarter,nba.si.com noted. The incident occurred when he stepped into the three second area to help out on Millsap and it appeared that he knocked knees with the power forward. He did not return for the rest of the game.
ESPN reports that Lin's knee would be re-evaluated after a two week period. According to healthcentral.com, a knee sprain is an injury to a knee ligament. In the case of a mild or Grade 1 sprain, the ligament has been stretched resulting in pain and swelling. Notably, Lin had also suffered an injury in the same knee last year. He had the torn meniscus in his left knee and was operated in April 2012.
CBSSports.com reported that Lin was averaging 15.3 points and 4.5 assists this 2013-2014 NBA season. His shooting clip is at a respectable 50.3% with a three point accuracy of 39.0%. Without him on the line up, the team would be hard pressed to look for production coming off the bench. Aaron Brooks or Francisco Garcia would probably take Lin's place in the guard rotation for Coach Kevin McHale's team.
A spate of injuries have hit the Rockers as of late. All-Star guard James Harden has been dealing with soreness of the foot. Now, their march to the playoffs has been hampered with a knee injury to one of their vital cogs. The next two weeks too is an acid test for the team, with games against teams above the .500 mark for the season, amongst them San Antonio and Portland.
The injury announcement was made by the team through its official Twitter account.