Jeremy Lin has been suffering from an ankle injury, but it shouldn’t keep him off the court any longer. The Charlotte Hornets guard is expected to play on Wednesday when the team hosts LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lin suffered the injury on Jan. 27 when the Hornets visited the Utah Jazz. The 27-year-old was limited to just 17 mins in the 29-point loss, and he was forced to miss the team’s next game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Lin will suit up on Wednesday, but the injury seems to have affected his play.
Against Utah, Lin scored just four points on two-of-eight shooting. When he returned in Charlotte’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin missed eight of his 10 field-goal attempts. The Hornets easily beat the Lakers, but Lin didn’t perform like he had in the last few games leading up to his injury.
Prior to getting hurt, Lin was shooting better than he had all season long. In his previous six games, he was shooting 45.8 percent from the field, up from 41.2 percent in his first 37 games. In the two games before he got hurt, Lin averaged 23 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
The Hornets started off the season as one of the NBA’s most surprising teams and a top seed in the Eastern Conference. But they’ve since gone cold, including a recent stretch of 12 losses in 15 games that now has them out of the playoffs.
Charlotte had won three games in a row during Lin’s hot streak, and they are hoping to get back on track after a four-game road trip. The Hornets are nine-point underdogs against the Cavs.
Lin is in his first season with the Hornets, having now played for five different teams in his six-year career. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he’s averaged double-digits in points every year since bursting onto the scene with “Linsanity” in 2012.