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Jeremy Lin Suffers Apparent Knee Injury in Season Opener vs. Pacers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2017

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 19:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    Jeremy Lin #7 of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Dallas Mavericks at Barclays Center on March 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  The Mavs defeated the Nets 111-104. 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 Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin exited the team's game against the Indiana Pacers after suffering an apparent knee injury on a drive to the basket.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the player's knee will be evaluated Thursday, but there is already "tremendous concern."

While his status remains to be determined, the immediate reaction told the story of the injury:

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

That does not look good for Jeremy Lin. Looks a right knee.

Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher

Jeremy Lin hurt. He needs help off the floor.

Ryan Field @RyanFieldABC

Jeremy Lin down after taking an awkward fall. Was brought to tears on the court. He's limping to lockerroom. Man, that's bad for the #Nets.

Lin took to Twitter to reassure fans: 

Jeremy Lin @JLin7

Gods ALWAYS faithful and in control 🙏🏼🙌🏼

Lin had 18 points and four assists in 25 minutes of the season opener before going down.

Injuries have limited Lin since his return to the Big Apple with Brooklyn.

He missed a stretch of games in November through early December last year after hurting his hamstring. The issue popped up again in January, forcing him to take another extended break from the court. Then, he sprained his right ankle in March.

"It's the story of my season," Lin said of all the injuries, per the New York Post's Ryan Lazo. "Every time we're about to hit our stride, get into a rhythm or we start to figure things out, something's happened."

Lin appeared in 36 games in 2016-17, averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 assists.

Should injuries become a persistent problem for him once again, the Nets will have more cover in 2017-18 after acquiring D'Angelo Russell in the offseason. The addition of Allen Crabbe further bolstered the backcourt. Together, Russell and Crabbe should provide enough depth to make up for Lin's absence.

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