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When Jeremy Lin landed awkwardly on his ankle during Sunday’s game against the Mavericks, he couldn’t help but think the worst. After all, that’s the way his nightmarish, injury-riddled season has gone since it began, with Lin playing in just 25 of the Nets’ 69 games after signing a three-year, $36 million deal in the summer. “It’s the story of my season,” said Lin, who is averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists when he does play. “Every time we’re about to hit our stride, get into a rhythm or we start to figure things out, something’s happened.”

“He did pretty much everything, even a little extra afterwards, played a little full-court,’’ Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He’s going to get that 10-day All-Star period to get his rhythm, get in better shape, work on his cardio. So, good news. He looked good, shot the ball well. His conditioning he’s got to work on a little bit. It’s a little different than being on a bike or a treadmill. We’ve got to see the minutes [in Denver], how that looks, the gradual buildup. … I’m not sure exactly what that minutes restriction is going to look like or if there’ll be one.”

Jeremy Lin out at least three more weeks

The following statement has been released by Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks: “During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery. We understand and appreciate Jeremy’s competitive desire to get back on the court with his teammates, however, we are going to be cautious with his rehab in order to ensure that he is at full strength once he returns.”

Jeremy Lin back soon?

In a Chinese-language interview, Lin said he finally hopes to play again in a week or two, and that if it were up to him, he’d be on the court already “I love Jeremy’s competitiveness. That’s Jeremy being competitive, that’s him wanting to be out there to help his teammates,” coach Kenny Atkinson said before the Nets lost their eighth straight, 104-95, to the Pelicans at Barclays Center on Thursday night. “That’s the way I look at it. We’ll continue to evaluate [him]. He’s progressing nicely.

Nets point guard Jeremy Lin – in a Chinese-language interview – said he finally hopes to be playing again for Brooklyn in a week or two, and that if it were up to him he’d be back out on the court already. Lin has missed 25 of the Nets’ 37 games, and has already been ruled out of Thursday night’s tilt against New Orleans. While Brooklyn has declined to give any sort of tangible update on his progress, he spoke with CCTVNBAPrimeTime in Chinese, and the quotes were taken from closed caption translations. “It’s OK. It’s progressing gradually,” said Lin. “I think the recovery is faster than last time.”

Lin added that he’s undergoing tests daily on the hamstring. “We have different tests every day. So those include evaluating my muscle strength, getting an X-ray, MRI (exam),’’ said Lin, adding that he carries an instrument that records data on his injury and progress. He said the performance team will base his return more on empirical date than how he his feeling. “Impossible. If it depending on my feeling, now I (would be playing),” Lin said.

Jeremy Lin has taken the next step toward his return. Friday afternoon, for the first time since suffering a strained hamstring Nov. 2, Lin was back at practice. During the 37-day hiatus, the Nets have used a host of different players in the point guard position with limited success, contributing to the team’s struggles. “He’s not going to play [Saturday at San Antonio]. That’s his first practice in a while,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He looked good. He was out there making good passes and moving well.”

But Lin got forced out of the game with a hamstring injury with the Nets leading 64-55 and 2:14 left in the opening half. Coach Kenny Atkinson had no update on the injury’s severity, and wasn’t even sure how it happened. And while any lengthy Lin absence would be catastrophic — the Nets are already without Greivis Vasquez, Randy Foye and Caris LeVert — they had enough to hold on against Detroit (3-2). “Obviously it’s tough to be there without J-Lin,” Lopez said. “We’re confident he’ll be all right. “But it was great to see the guys stick together, playing within themselves and just trust each other. That’s where we’re going to find our true strength and that’s what’s going to make us a great team.”
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