Jeremy Lin, who sprained his right ankle against the Utah Jazz last Wednesday, was a game time decision against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
With Batum nursing a toe injury, Lin was inserted into the starting lineup against his former team. It was Lin’s first appearance at the Staples Center since the completion of the 2014-15 season.
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Lin’s stint with Lakers began on a sour note – he missed a bunch of games with a knee injury. In the end, Lin got the redemption he was looking for as the Hornets crushed the Lakers 101-82. |Box Score|
It was obvious that Lin was still limited in his movements. But Hornets coach Steve Clifford entrusted Lin as the primary playmaker – a decision that paid rich dividends.
There weren’t too many trademark drives and layups, but Lin played within his limitations. Even his jump shot wasn’t very pleasing to the eye (2-10 FG, 1-3 3PT), but the fact that Lin played through the pain and got through the game was a positive sign for the injury-ridden Hornets.
Lin’s stat line doesn’t paint the accurate picture. He finished with 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 points from just 22 minutes of playing time. But it was Lin’s solid execution of pick-and-rolls that helped the Hornets assert a halftime lead of 58-43.
MKG making a difference….
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who played his first game of the season against Portland Trailblazers over the weekend, led all Hornets scorers with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. MKG’s plus/minus of +24 illustrated what Charlotte had been missing since the start of the season.
Kemba Walker continued to shoot poorly, going 3-14 from the field, but he made up for his shooting woes with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Marvin Williams added another 19 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant returned from a shoulder injury for an impressive tally of 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Rookie D’Angelo Russell continued to struggle with 5 turnovers and just 1 assist from 30 minutes of playing time. Lakers coaching staff were evidently annoyed with Russell’s mistakes for most of the game.
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