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Jeremy Lin Suffers Ankle Injury vs. Mavericks

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26:  Jeremy Lin #7 of the Brooklyn Nets walks off the court after being injured against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center on December 26, 2016 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. 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. Nets defeated the Hornets 120-118.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2017

Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin suffered a sprained right ankle Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks and was ruled out for the remainder of the game, according to Mavs.com's Earl K. Sneed

This is yet another setback for Lin after he already dealt with hamstring injuries multiple times this season.

The guard played for the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets before joining the Nets. He averaged more than 11 points per game every season of his career except his rookie campaign in 2010-11 when he appeared in 29 contests for the Warriors.

At his best, Lin can stretch the floor with his three-point shooting or find teammates when opposing defenses collapse on his scoring chances. He is averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds this season.

Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie will likely split the point guard duties while Lin is out. Whitehead was a second-round pick in 2016, while Dinwiddie was a second-round pick in 2014. The two youngsters could be a part of Brooklyn's rebuilding efforts if they live up to their potential, and they will now have the chance for more playing time in Lin's absence.

This is a lost season for the Nets in terms of contending for a playoff spot, so they will likely use caution with Lin and make sure he is fully ready before he returns. It's far more important for Brooklyn that the guard is healthy and ready to go at the start of the 2017-18 season than in the immediate future.

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