Jeremy Lin set to return to the Rockets for Monday's game

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Lin's return can't come quickly enough with Beverley injury. (USATSI)
Jeremy Lin's return can't come quickly enough with Patrick Beverley's injury. (USATSI)

UPDATE 12/23/13 1:04 p.m.: Lin told reporters Monday at shootaround he wll play Monday night vs. the Mavericks.

The Houston Rockets are currently banged up. James Harden is battling an ankle injury and point guard Patrick Beverley recently fractured his hand. That will keep him out for roughly a month. On top of that, they've been without Jeremy Lin for the past four games with back spasms. Needless to say, the Rockets could really use some health in their backcourt.

It looks like Lin may be able to return for Monday's game against the Dallas Mavericks, if all goes well for Lin leading up to the game. He's had multiple strenuous pregame workouts, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle, and he appears to be available for his team in their next game.

After a second strenuous pregame workout in as many nights, Rockets guard Jeremy Lin said he is hopeful he will be able to play against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday after missing a week with back spasms.

Lin has been careful to not tax the back, even sitting on elevated seats on the bench during games. But rather than just wait for word from the training staff that he is cleared to play, he said the workouts made him especially encouraged that he has made progress.

“Hopefully, I'll be back Monday if there are no setbacks,” Lin said. “Just to get back in shape after having to sit, not do anything for a while, not even really being able to sit, let alone jog or run, it's good to sweat again and get your body going.”

In addition to the previous four games Lin has missed, he's only played three of the Rockets' last 13 games. He totaled 40 minutes in those three games and missed six games during this stretch due to a sprained knee. With Beverley out and Aaron Brooks as the only real point guard on the roster right now, Lin's return is huge.

If Lin isn't able to go Monday night, Houston could bring Isaiah Canaan up from the D-League team. Canaan has been averaging 21.7 points and 9.2 assists for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Lin is averaging 14.3 points and 4.2 assists in 28.8 minutes. He's shooting 49.7 percent from the field.

 
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