It has been a frustrating season in a Los Angeles Lakers’ uniform for Jeremy Lin, and his first year with the team could be coming to a close as he will miss Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to persistent soreness in his left knee, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.
Lin had missed last Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets because of the soreness in his knee. An MRI later revealed an abnormality in the meniscus, which is something that remained an issue since he had underwent surgery on his knee in 2012.
With Lin out of the lineup, Los Angeles will once again turn to Jabari Brown for a second consecutive game pairing him alongside his former Missouri teammate Jordan Clarkson. However, the 26-year-old does expect to return to play in the final three games this season.
It has been nothing short than a troubling first season with the Lakers for fifth-year guard as he has struggled to play at a consistent level season as he is averaging 11.2 points and 4.6 assists in 74 games played. However, since the All-Star break he has played significantly better averaging 13.6 points and 4.6 assists per game.
This includes 15 double digit point outputs with three 20-plus point performances, and 13 games with at least five assists. His best performance of the season scoring a season-high 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the Lakers 101-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 22.
Lin is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and head coach Byron Scott didn’t add provide any clarity to his future with the Lakers at Friday’s shootaround.
“We’re not going to talk about long term,” Scott said. “We have four games left and will get ready for May 19th with the lottery and bring guys in and get ready for the June draft. We’re not going to talk about anybody long term. It’s let’s finish the season out and evaluate our talent and the guys we have and go from there.”
With no indication from the Lakers on any interest to bring back Lin next season, these last few games could be his last with the team.
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