NBA News: Jeremy Lin Suffers Ankle Injury in Nets Loss to Mavericks
on Mar 20, 2017 07:28 AM EDT
Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn Nets just can't catch a break this season. The 28-year-old point guard exited the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday after an apparent ankle injury. Lin did not return to the game and the Nets are hoping that the injury is not significant.
The Nets are officially not going to the playoffs because they have the worst record in the league. However, more bad things happened to the Nets on Sunday when Jeremy Lin suffered a right ankle injury against the Mavericks.
It happened with about five minutes left in the first quarter. Jeremy Lin took a jump shot and he landed on J.J. Barea's foot. He had a noticeable limp and he was taken out of the game after two possessions. He would not return to the game but he was able to ride a stationary bicycle in the second quarter.
In an interview with Newsday after the game, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson believes that Lin's injury is not going to be significant. He was taken out of the game as a precaution since he has missed a total of 44 games this season with a right hamstring injury.
"It's a sprain, nothing like what we saw before," Atkinson said. Caris LeVert added that Jeremy Lin was upbeat in the locker room and it looks like he won't be out for too. Nonetheless, he will surely undergo several tests to determine the severity of his injury and how long will it take for him to recover.
Jeremy Lin finished the game against the Mavericks with just four points. Spencer Dinwiddie got the bulk of the minutes after Lin went out. He finished the game with 18 points, two rebounds and seven assists while Brook Lopez posted 27 points and seven rebounds, per NBA.com.
However, it was not enough to prevent the 111-104 loss to the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki led the visiting Mavs with 23 points and nine rebounds. Jeremy Lin has two days to recover from the ankle injury as the Nets host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at the Barclays Center.