Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets (10-7) will host the Golden State Warriors (19-0) at the Time Warner Cable Arena tomorrow night. Unfortunately for Lin fans, the point guard was listed “questionable” on the eve of the game.
Lin suffered a sprained ankle during the Hornets’ victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. The Hornets coaching staff will wait until shootaround Wednesday to take a final call on Lin’s availability.
Lin, who has played considerable minutes as a two-guard paired with starting PG Kemba Walker, is averaging 10.8 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds over 17 games this season. If Lin is deemed unfit to play, the Hornets would turn to little-used Brian Roberts for minutes off the bench. Jeremy Lamb, too, could see increased playing time.
Hornets will try to accomplish what most teams have failed to do since the start of the last season – defeat the defending NBA champions. The Warriors, currently 19-0, are on a 23-game winning streak that began towards end of the last regular season. They need only 10 more wins to match the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the greatest streak in NBA history.
Charlotte will also be without Al Jefferson, who has been sidelined for a few weeks after straining his left calf against the Bucks on Sunday. Kemba Walker is confident that the absence of Jefferson and Lin won’t affect the team. “It’s been a great month for us. We’ve got great depth now. Guys are always willing to step up and make plays,” said the starting point guard.
Lin fans were eagerly awaiting a showdown against Curry. If Lin is cleared tomorrow morning, there is still hope.