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Jeremy Lin Injury: Updates on Rockets Star's Ankle

Jan 12, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Rockets 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2013

The Houston Rockets' superstar point guard Jeremy Lin appears to have escaped a serious injury. 

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11:46 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Rockets fans and fantasy owners as Jeremy Lin (ankle) says he is 'good to go' tonight, according to Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen.

Lin said he's 'good to go' tonight.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 15, 2013

---End of Update---

 

According to Jason Friedman of Rockets.com, the team’s prized offseason acquisition rolled his ankle at the end of Monday’s practice session and will be receiving treatment.

Jeremy Lin rolled left ankle near tail end of today's practice. Will receive treatment and see how ankle responds.

— Jason Friedman (@JasonCFriedman) January 14, 2013

Fans are hopeful that Lin can get back in the lineup in time for his squad’s Tuesday night contest against the Los Angeles Clippers—a critical matchup against the top team in the Western Conference.

Lin is currently listed as questionable immediately after rolling his ankle, but that status is likely to change as soon as more information is revealed on how it reacts to treatment.

Considering the Rockets (21-17) are right in the thick of a playoff hunt and slotted in at the No. 7 seed as of Monday, earning big wins against tough teams and staying healthy is absolutely crucial.

Houston has to deal with Portland (20-17), Utah (20-19), Minnesota (16-18) and the Lakers (16-21) breathing down its neck and cannot afford to lose a star player for an extended time period.

Through 38 games in 2012-13, Lin is averaging 12.1 points, 6.3 assists, 2.1 steals and forming one half of a star-studded backcourt tandem with James Harden.

If the Taiwanese-American star were not able to give it a go on Tuesday, backup Toney Douglas would likely receive the bulk of his minutes.

That’s not an ideal situation for the Rockets or coach Kevin McHale—as Douglas is more of a shoot-first guard. Hopefully Lin isn’t hurt that badly and will not have to miss any time due to this ankle injury.

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