Jeremy Lin, still nursing a banged up ankle, decided to shake off the injury and make his first appearance at Staples Center against his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Now in Charlotte Hornets uniform, the Asian-American star still put up a pretty decent statline in Sunday’s 101-82 win against the Lakers.
With Nicolas Batum sidelined with a toe injury, Lin got the starting nod for the Hornets and logged in 22 minutes of action. He offset a poor shooting night (2-for-10 from the field for six points) with five rebounds and five dimes, and some pesky defense on his former teammate Jordan Clarkson.
His appearance against the Lakers was questionable after he suffered a nasty ankle injury in Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz. He missed Friday’s 109-91 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, before making his return to the court, all thanks to four consecutive days of rest.
“Jeremy Lin had six points, five assists and five rebounds despite a sprained right ankle. The point guard spent last season with the Lakers, struggling to fit into coach Byron Scott’s offense and rarely playing a significant role on the worst team in franchise history. Lin signed with Charlotte in July,” according to NBA.com.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made his second appearance of the season since suffering a shoulder injury in training camp. He recorded a team-high 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes, while providing the Hornets his bread-and-butter: elite perimeter defense. Gilchrist signed a four-year, $55 million extension with the Hornets, foregoing the opportunity to earn big in the offseason.
Meanwhile, 37-year old Kobe Bryant led way for the Lakers with 23 points and 8 rebounds but his production wasn’t enough to prevent his team from absorbing 10th consecutive defeat. The Lakers are in the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a 9-41 slate. The Hornets are just outside the top-8 in the East with a 23-25 record.
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