Jeremy Lin And The Houston Rockets Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 3: Watch Live Stream Of 1st Round Matchup Online For Free; Preview

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 04/27/13 05:36PM EDT

Jeremy Lin and the No. 8 Houston Rockets face the No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. EDT, but if you cannot get to a television, you can also watch a live stream online for free here via WatchESPN.

Before you watch a live stream online for free of Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, here is a preview of Saturday's Game 3.

The Thunder took a 2-0 series lead after a three-point victory earlier this week. Oklahoma City blew a 15-point lead in that contest but survived thanks to 29 points each from guard Russell Westbrook and forward Kevin Durant. Forward Serge Ibaka added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

James Harden led the Rockets in that Game 2 matchup with 36 points, 17 of which came on free throws. Center Omer Asik was a point shy of a double-double, while point guard Jeremy Lin had seven points in the first half before sitting out the second with a chest injury.

Per the Houston Chronicle, Jeremy Lin has not taken part in any drills since suffering that injury. His status for Game 3 is still up in the air.

"I'm just feeling better," Jeremy Lin said Saturday morning. "We'll see at game-time. I'm going to warm up and we'll see how it goes. I'm definitely hopefully. Feeling a lot better."

Jeremy Lin is not the only key contributor in this series dealing with an injury. As Yahoo Sports notes, Westbrook suffered a small tear in his right meniscus during Game 2. Some thought the guard might be able to come back in a few weeks, but those hopes were quickly squashed on Saturday. As USA Today notes, the Thunder announced that the guard needed surgery and would miss the rest of the postseason.

Westbrook's injury reportedly occurred when Patrick Beverley, who often replaces Jeremy Lin at point guard, went for the ball while the Thunder guard was calling a timeout. As Houston Chronicle notes, some have called the play in question "dirty," and Beverley even received some death threats on Twitter. One of these allegedly came from a user named Mitchell Brown, who claims he is a Thunder ball boy. He later posted an apology but has since claimed that his account was hacked.

Meanwhile, Thunder coach Scott Brooks insists that the play in question was clean.

"That was not a dirty play," he said. "It's part of basketball. One of the things the kid does, he plays hard. Now, was it unfortunate and was he trying to get under his skin? Absolutely. But it wasn't a dirty play. You want to play physical. You want to play hard. That's what I like. That's how you have to play."

Jeremy Lin knows to some degree what Westbrook is going through, as the Rockets point guard missed the playoffs with the New York Knicks last season after suffering a similar injury.

"Obviously, I know what he's going through and it sucks," Jeremy Lin told the Chronicle. "Hoping for a speedy recovery for him. Just as an athlete, as another basketball player, as a peer, we all feel bad anytime, anybody gets hurt."

Did you watch a live stream online for free of Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets versus the Oklahoma City Thunder? Post your thoughts on Game Three in our comments section below.

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