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Michael Scotto: Jeremy Lin (lower back tightness) is inactive tonight. Isaiah Whitehead will start at point guard in his place for the Brooklyn Nets.
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.”
As soon as Jeremy Lin felt the tweak in his left hamstring Wednesday, he was upset. He knew he was hurt and got angrier as he made the walk back to his locker. Then the Nets point guard looked down at the pink shoes he had worn to Barclays Center — the low-tops picked out for him by little Ava Lee, fighting leukemia — and he snapped out of his self-pity. He’ll be back to play for the Nets in a few weeks — they just have to stay afloat until then.
“At first, I was pretty upset. I was really upset. I came back to my locker, and I wore those pink shoes that day for Ava, and I immediately saw the shoes and started thinking about her, and I immediately ended my pity party,’’ Lin said. “It could be a lot worse. I’m still blessed that I’m going to be back on the court.”
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.”
Brian Lewis: #Nets point guard Jeremy Lin strained his left hamstring, and wont return. Without Foye, Vasquez or LeVert, its Whitehead or bust. #Nets
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