Jeremy Lin Injury: Updates on Houston Rockets Star's Chest

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2013

The Houston Rockets' chances of pulling a historic first-round upset over the Oklahoma City Thunder  have been dealt a critical blow.

Houston point guard Jeremy Lin left Wednesday's game in OKC and did not return with what Jason Friedman of reports is a chest contusion:


UPDATE: Friday, May 3, at 11:45 a.m ET by Michael Cahill

According to the Twitter account of Friedman, Lin is expected to play in Friday's Game 6 in Houston. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 1, at 8:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to FOX 26 sports director Mark Berman, Lin will not be in the lineup vs. the Thunder for Game 5: 


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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 1 at 12:40 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Lin has been battling a chest contusion since Game 2, and according to Jason Friedman of, the point guard didn't participate in today's shoot around and will be a game time decision for Game 5.  

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UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Jeremy Lin will be out for Monday night's pivotal Game 4 matchup vs. Oklahoma City.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Apr. 27, at 8:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry, Lin will play Saturday night:

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UPDATE: Saturday, April 27, at 11:45 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

It's sounding more and more like Jeremy Lin will be back for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the young point guard told reporter Jason Friedman that he's feeling much better and hopes to be on the court for Game 3. But, at this point, nothing is for sure with regards to his status. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 25, at 2:46 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The MRI results are back on Jeremy Lin's chest contusion and it revealed a bruised right chest, per Jason Friedman of He is listed as day-to-day.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 25, at 12:15 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Jeremy Lin sat out the second half of last night's clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and told reporters today that as long as his chest stops spasming, he'll be back in the lineup for Game 3.

Per ESPN's report:

"It was fine as I was sitting here at halftime. I tried to run out of the tunnel and couldn't really run. When I did, it would go crazy. We're supposed to just see what happens tomorrow, how it feels tomorrow. As long as stuff stops spasming, I'm good. I don't know how any of this stuff works," he said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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Feigen later reported that x-rays were negative on Lin's chest:

Though it's possible Lin returns to action for Game 3, the prognosis did not look great on the floor. He was grimacing in obvious pain and did not begin the second half of Game 2 with his teammates.

Lin had seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes at the time of his exit. Though not ascendant numbers, Lin’s steady play combined with inspired scoring efforts from James Harden and Chandler Parsons to help Houston to just a two-point margin at halftime.  

The trio was playing far better than their effort in Game 1, where the young Rockets were seemingly overwhelmed by the top-seeded Thunder. 

Lin’s performance was arguably the most disappointing. Playing in his first career postseason game, the beloved point guard made only 1-of-7 shots, scoring four points and equaling his four assists with as many turnovers in Houston’s 120-91 loss to OKC. Lin struggled to create penetration against opposing guard Russell Westbrook and the Rockets’ vaunted pick-and-roll offense went into a standstill.

While down at halftime, Wednesday’s initial 24 minutes were critical for confidence-boosting. The Rockets were swinging the ball well and getting solid spot-up looks, some of which came from Lin's passes in space. 

With Lin off the floor, Carlos Delfino was substituted into the starting five at the beginning of the second half. Patrick Beverley played well as he contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but the Rockets’ chances are dubious at best without Lin in the lineup.

It goes without saying Rockets management will be waiting with bated breath until full word comes in on their point guard's status.