HOUSTON - Rockets starting point guard Jeremy Lin remains a game-time decision heading into tonight’s Game 3 of Houston’s first round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lin suffered a chest contusion late in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s Game 2 and though he said Saturday morning that he is feeling better, his playing status won’t be determined until he warms up later this evening prior to tonight’s game and sees how his body responds.
“I’m feeling better and we’ll see at game-time,” he said immediately following this morning’s shootaround. “I’ll warm up and see how it feels.”
Lin only took part in the walkthrough portion of Saturday’s session in order to give his body as much time as possible to heal and recover before attempting to go full speed.
“I really only took like two or three shots so it’s really not indicative of what it will be like going game speed,” he said. “But it feels a lot better for sure.
“(I’ll play) if I can play without being restricted, if I can play without having to deal with not being able to do whatever I need to do, whether it’s pass, rebound, defend, shoot.
“We’re waiting to see what it’s going to feel like … I’m definitely hopeful and feeling a lot better.”
In other injury news, Rockets forward Greg Smith will also be listed as a game-time decision Saturday night. Smith did not participate in today’s shootaround due to stomach distress.