Jeremy Lin's 2-Week Absence Is No Reason for Rockets Fans to Panic

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 29, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 27:   Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets is helped off the court during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center on November 27, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets have enough depth at point guard to absorb the loss of Jeremy Lin—at least in the short term.

Lin has been extremely valuable to the team as a sixth man, and even as a spot starter in place of the injured James Harden. On Wednesday, Lin injured his knee against the Atlanta Hawks, and Rockets nation held its collective breath.

Luckily, the injury has been called a right knee sprain per the team's official Twitter account.

Assuming the reevaluation of Lin's knee doesn't present any further setbacks, he should be able to return to sixth-man duties. In a reserve role, Lin had averaged 17 points and 5.2 assists per game. 

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23:  Aaron Brooks #0, Patrick Beverley #2, Dwight Howard #12 and Chandler Parsons #25 of the Houston Rockets walk off the court during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 23, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston,
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That type of production would be difficult to replace for an extended period, but backup point guards Aaron Brooks and Patrick Beverley should be able to hold down the fort for two weeks.

The two are scoring a combined 12.6 points and dishing 6.8 assists in limited minutes this season. Beverley has made 36 percent of his threes while Brooks has been deadly accurate from beyond the arc. The 28-year-old veteran has made 13-of-25 from downtown for an unconscious 52 percent connection rate.

It isn't as if the B and B connection are two untested rookies. Both men have played meaningful minutes in their careers. Beverley outplayed Lin down the stretch and in the playoffs last season, and he took many of his minutes in the postseason.

Brooks was once a starter with the Rockets in his first stint with the team from 2008-10. During the 2009-10 season, Brooks averaged 19.6 points per game.

Aside from Beverley and Brooks' experience and ability, the Rockets' schedule isn't exactly filled with powerhouses over the next two weeks. Four of the seven games in that span are at home and struggling squads like the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets are on tap.

The Rockets will get the two teams with the best record in the conference in the 13-2 San Antonio Spurs and 13-3 Portland Trail Blazers, but aside from those two games, the combined record of the other five opponents is 29-48.

Houston will miss Lin a little, but by the time things get tight, Linsanity should be just about ready to return.


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