Jeremy Lin Injures Ankle, Status Unknown

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Jeremy Lin, the Charlotte Hornets guard, left the game against Utah Jazz Wednesday night with a sprained ankle.


The team announced on Twitter that Lin was done for the night. At the stage, the Hornets trailed the Jazz 70-51 after three quarters. Lin landed awkwardly on his right ankle while trying to complete a layup (Watch Video Above).

Lin was on the floor for several minutes even as Utah grabbed the defensive rebound and executed their next possession. Lin had to be helped back onto his feet by a member of the coaching staff before returning to the locker room.

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Lin, who had four points on 2-8 shooting against Jazz, sustained the injury late in the third quarter. With Nicolas Batum returning from injury, Lin returned to his bench role after starting a handful of games over the last few weeks.

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On Monday night, Lin played a whopping 50 minutes in the double OT magnum opus against Sacramento Kings. The point guard posted 20 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds in a near triple-double effort during the 129-128 victory against the Kings.

Charlotte are already reeling with a long list of injuries. While the likes of Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lamb are suffering from various injuries, Batum has been out several games due to a persisting toe injury.

If Lin’s injury is serious, this could spell major trouble for the Hornets, who are desperately fighting to return to playoff contention.

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Lin, a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, is enjoying a solid season in his first year with Charlotte. The Harvard graduate is aggregating 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.

The Hornets have gone from a No 2 seed in the Eastern Conference to a ninth seed time in a matter of weeks. With a 22-23 record, and a paltry 6-16 road record, they still have a lot of catching up to do. Clearly, the injuries haven’t helped their cause.

The Jazz would eventually win the game 102-73 riding on Gordon Hayward’s 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. {Final Box Score}

Here’s wishing Jeremy Lin a speedy recovery.

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