Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lin To Return Thursday in Portland

By Michael Ma

After missing the past 6 games, Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin stated that he will suit up and play Thursday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Lin spoke to the media after practice Tuesday, his first full practice since suffering a right knee sprain against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 27.

Dec 4, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) stands on the sideline before a game against the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

“I feel good, no limitations. I’ll be back (for Thursday’s game). I’m full go. (I might need) a little conditioning, or maybe I’m not jumping as high off of that right foot, but I never really jumped that high off the right foot, anyway.”

Lin is averaging 15.3 points and shooting close to 40 percent from beyond the arc, while averaging 30 minutes per game, which puts him near the top of the NBA in most minutes played for non-starters. With nagging injuries to Chandler Parsons(back spasms), Greg Smith(knee), and Omer Asik(thigh), the Rockets will definitely have some much needed help off the bench arriving for their key stretch of games that includes the Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, and the San Antonio Spurs on Christmas.