Jeremy Lin available against Celtics on Friday
Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeremy Lin will be available to play against the Boston Celtics on Friday night after missing the last two games due to a back injury, according to Brad Rowland of Peachtree Hoops.
Lin had been enjoying a very solid 2018-19 campaign until a rash of injuries hit him recently. First, Lin had to deal with an ankle issue that caused him to miss two contests in late November. Now, the back issue.
Fortunately for Lin and the Hawks, it appears that the floor general is ready to go.
In 23 games off the bench this season, Lin is averaging 11 points, 3.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds over 18.5 minutes a night while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from three-point range.
The 30-year-old went undrafted back in 2010, but ended up signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent. He played in 29 games with the Warriors that season, posting 2.6 points per game.
It wasn’t until the following year that Lin broke out, playing in 35 games for the New York Knicks and recording 14.6 points and 6.2 assists a night during a time that was dubbed “Linsanity.”
Lin has never quite recaptured the magic of that 2011-12 season, bouncing around between five different teams since then. Last year, Lin ruptured his patella tendon in the first game of the season with the Brooklyn Nets and ended up missing the entire year.
Prior to the nagging issues he has experienced recently, Lin looked pretty healthy this season and is one of the veterans on a young Hawks team that is in rebuilding mode.
Atlanta currently owns a record of 6-21.