The Rockets have announced that Jeremy Lin will be out at least two weeks with a grade one knee sprain. Lin’s injury occurred after colliding with Hawks PF Paul Milsap this past Wednesday night.
Lin had been a key factor in many Rockets wins this season. With James Harden out the last three games, Lin was put in the starting lineup. In 16 games this season, Lin is averaging 15.3 points and 4.5 assists per game.
The Rockets have been hammered with injuries early this season and their depth has been tested. Aaron Brooks, who was expected to receive little-no-playing time this season, has been great in his new role off the bench. Brooks has provided an offensive spark to the bench as witnessed by his 21 points in Wednesday night’s win against Hawks.
Lin’s absence doesn’t come at such a great time for the Rockets. Harden is expected to play tonight, but his injury is could linger over the next few weeks. The Rockets schedule gets tougher over these two weeks. The Spurs, Warriors (twice), and Trail Blazers are among the teams on the schedule when Lin is expected to be out.
It’s possible Lin’s injury could keep him out longer than two weeks. The Rockets will reevaluate Lin’s knee in two weeks and it’s possible he may be forced to sit out even longer. Knee sprains are tricky with any athlete and I’d expect Lin to be out a little longer than just two weeks. The question is, will be it just another few games or will it be much longer?
With the Rockets short on guards, they may call up Isaiah Canaan from the D-League. The 34th overall pick in this year’s NBA draft, Canaan received little playing time in the preseason. Canaan is a capable scorer and could provide the Rockets with quality depth as they wait for Lin’s return.