The Houston Rockets got James Harden back on Tuesday, but it came at a price:
One Jeremy Lin.
On the same day that Harden returned from an ankle injury that kept him out of Monday night's game, the dynamic point guard was forced to leave practice with his own twisted ankle.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11:50 a.m. ET by Adam Wells
Lin's ankle injury doesn't seem like it is going to be a problem, at least if you believe the word of the star point guard.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle quoted Lin on Wednesday as saying that his ankle is doing good.
Lin on his ankle: 'I'm good, real good. Just fine.'— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 12, 2012
Since Lin's ankle is good and fine, it sounds like he will be back on the court sooner rather than later. The injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Lin, as he put up a season-high 38 points against San Antonio on Monday.
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The news comes from the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen:
Just when the Rockets got one guard back, another went down on Tuesday with the same injury.
With five minutes left in Tuesday’s workout, guard Jeremy Lin stepped wrong on a hard cut during a transition defense drill and turned an ankle. He got up and walked off on his own, but was immediately sent for treatment. The Rockets don’t expect to know the severity of the injury today.
Lin entered the season with extremely high expectations after taking a massive contract from the Houston Rockets. By most accounts, he hasn't lived up to them.
On a per-minute basis, the 24-year-old's points and assists have dropped off considerably and his shooting has fallen below 40 percent. The moments of Linsanity have all but disappeared.
Still, though, Lin has improved his free-throw percentage and decreased his turnover rate—one of the biggest criticisms against him last season—to just 2.9 per 36 minutes.
Moreover, he proved on Monday night with 38 points and seven assists—albeit in a loss—that he still has the ability to dominate with Harden out of the lineup.
If the talented point guard is forced to miss any time, expect Toney Douglas to enter the starting lineup with Harden doing a lot of the ball-handling.
We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes known regarding Lin's status.