With a new coach and a roster littered with unknowns, expectations are low for the Brooklyn Nets this season. But so far, led by Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez, the Nets have had a surprising start to the season, playing competitively with a 2-3 record.
Lin has been one of the major bright spots. After signing a three-year, $36 million deal in the offseason, Lin has thrived as Brooklyn's starting point guard and is averaging 5 points and 6.2 assists through five games.
Lin's promising start to the season hit a snag on Wednesday, when he strained his left hamstring in a win over the Detroit Pistons. He got injured in the second quarter and did not return.
The Nets announced on Thursday that Lin will miss at least two weeks with the injury, after which he will be reevaluated.
Brooklyn doesn't have a deep roster so his absence will likely have a drastic impact, especially since Greivis Vasquez is also hurt. Randy Foye was injured (hamstring) at the start of the season, but he is expected to play on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets. Foye will likely be limited so Sean Kilpatrick and perhaps even rookie Isaiah Whitehead will fill in for Lin.
This is not the most ideal situation for the Nets, who weren't in a great position to start with.