Jeremy Lin Might Be Sidelined Again After Suffering Another Injury

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 03/20/17 01:25AM EDT

Jeremy Lin has missed 44 games this season due to a couple of hamstring injuries. He may miss more time after suffering a sprained right ankle on Sunday, March 19 when the Brooklyn Nets hosted the Dallas Mavericks at the Barclays Center.

The Nets were showing signs of life and improvement when Jeremy Lin returned from a hamstring injury that caused him 26 games since the day after Christmas. The teams still had the worst record in the NBA, but they were on their way to finishing the season strong.

However, Jeremy Lin suffered a right ankle sprain against the Mavericks on Sunday. It happened in the first quarter and Lin was able to play in just seven minutes in the 111-104 loss. He only put up four points and he did not return to the game.

The Nets were just down by six points when Jeremy Lin suffered the injury, but it ballooned to 18 points very quickly. But Spencer Dinwiddie and Brook Lopez did not give up and they were able to cut the lead to a single digit with about five minutes to play.

Dinwiddie finished the game with 18 points, two rebounds and seven assists, while Lopez put up 27 points and seven rebounds. Randy Foye, Quincy Acy and Isaiah Whitehead all scored double digits, but it was not enough to get the win.

J.J. Barea had 20 points and seven assists for the Mavericks and he took advantage of Jeremy Lin's absence. Dirk Nowitzki posted 23 points and nine rebounds, while Harrison Barnes added 19 points, six rebounds and two assists.

In an interview after the game, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and Caris LeVert were very positive about Lin's injury. The team is hoping that Lin is not going to miss the rest of the season as the Nets try to finish the season strong.

"It's a sprain, nothing like what we saw before," Atkinson said, via Newsday. "He was in good spirits so, hopefully, it's not long-term," LeVert added.

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