Jeremy Lin suffered an ankle injury on Brooklyn Nets’ 111-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night at Barclays Center. Brook Lopez expressed his concern for Lin and wished him a speedy recovery.
“I don’t know the situation, what his situation is right now,” said Lopez, who went through foot reconstruction in 2014. “I’m sure it’s difficult for him, though. I’ve obviously been through a lot of that, and it’s a very frustrating situation to deal with again and again in one season. It’s tough, you know? It’s so difficult to see J-Lin go down.”
The reunion of Jeremy Lin and coach Kenny Atkinson was expected to revive “Linsanity” in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, a series of hamstring injury prevented Lin from showcasing his talent. He only played 15 of the Nets’ first 56 games. When he returned, the Asian-American guard managed to provide leadership on and off the court and helped the Nets play better in the past 13 games.
However, on their Sunday night game against the Dallas Mavericks, Jeremy Lin suffered another injury. Lin left the game in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle. He managed to return to the bench after minutes of riding a stationary bike but never checked back into the game.
“It looks like a sprain. We’ll evaluate it and have more [Monday],’’ coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I think it’s a sprain. I’m not a doctor, I have to be careful, but it’s nothing like we saw before at the beginning of the season. I think it’s just an ankle sprain. He came down on [J.J.] Barea’s ankle.”
Brook Lopez stepped up for the Nets in the third quarter to cut the Mavericks’ 14-point lead down to four. However, the Mavericks managed to take advantage when he rested in the fourth quarter. Spencer Dinwiddie, who posted 18 points, and seven assists, tried to fill the void left by Lin.
Jeremy Lin’s absence messes with Brooklyn Nets’ rotation
Coach Kenny Atkinson praised Dinwiddie for his impressive performance, especially on the offensive end where he established a good chemistry with Lopez. However, Atkinson knew the huge impact of Lin’s injury on their team as they are currently trying to remove their tag as the worst team in the league.
“It changes our rotation, gets guys out of their comfort zone. That’s not an excuse: It’s just a fact,’’ Atkinson said. “The puzzle changes [and] we’re not good enough right now to be able to twist it around like that and change our rotations so much. We saw that with Jeremy out early in the season. It just messes with your rotations.”
Lin suffered the same injury last season with the Charlotte Hornets where he only missed a total of three games. The Nets wish for the speedy recovery of their star as they play the last 13 games of the 2016-17 NBA season.
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