Lin expected to become starting point guard to start season…
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin returned from an ankle injury to feature in the 114-108 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
Lin missed the previous three pre-season games due to the injury but scored 11 0f his 15 points off the bench during the fourth quarter before fouling out with 11.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
It will be a welcome boost to see the point guard back on the court for coach Byron Scott, as he makes plans to prepare for the new season without having veteran Steve Nash available for selection.
Despite impressing in training camp, Nash suffered a back injury last week carrying bags which is understood to have aggravated an earlier problem. As a result, despite his desperation of making a contribution in potentially his final season in the NBA, the 40-year-old is expected to start the campaign on the treatment table.
Journeyman point guard Ronnie Price started against the Suns as Lin worked his way back to fitness slowly, but Scott is also without Jordan Clarkson and Ryan Kelly for the rest of the pre-season schedule as the injury curse strikes the Lakers again.
“Jordan could probably go, but we’re going to wait another day or so and just see how he feels,” Scott said.
“We’re going to give him another day to get it a little bit better. With Steve, it’s the same update. He’s just not ready right now. He still has that tingling feeling or whatever it is right now, so he’s the one that’s out along with Jordan.”
Lin’s return from injury has been one of the few positive aspects for the Lakers in recent weeks and Scott will be hoping to recover a few more players before the season gets underway.